Myopia Management Programs
What is Myopia?
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error that occurs when the eye does not properly bend light. The light is unable to focus correctly so images are not clear and distant objects appear blurred.
The likelihood of nearsightnedness in a child when 1 parent is nearsighted is 1:3.
The likelihood of nearsightedness when both parents are nearsighted is 1:2.
When neither parents are nearsighted, the likelihood is 1:4.
A Growing Concern
More than 40% of Americans are myopic, and that number is increasing at an alarming rate, especially among school-age children. Two-thirds of Eye Care Practitioners say the presence of myopia among children in their practice has increased over the past 5-10 years, and 81% agree that myopia is one of the biggest problems impacting children’s eyesight today
What’s Causing the Rise in Children?
The upward trend in cases can be attributed to several factors, generally the result of a combination of the following:
Genetics, one or both parents are myopic
Insufficient time spent outdoors
Prolonged time spent reading, playing and working with digital devices like phones and tablets
Poor lighting levels
Myopia that is allowed to progress without treatment has been linked to more severe, sight-threatening complications later in life, including:
What We Are Doing
We have several myopia management options available in our office. The options include: Ortho-Keratology (hard contacts), daily disposable soft contacts, and atropine eye drops. Our experienced doctors of optometry will prescribe the treatment method that best suits your child's needs during the complimentary consultation.
Survey: Could your child benefit from a myopia management program?
To learn more about the in-depth program and all it entails, call our office at 626-445-2717 to schedule your child for a visit and ask how the Myopia Management Program can help change their lives.