Myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, is a condition of the eye that causes objects at a distance to appear blurry to the patient but their near vision is clear. This is generally caused by the progressive elongation of the eyeball.
The incidence of myopia in children has been increasing rapidly over the past decade with earlier onsets and faster progression. Due to the progressive elongation of the eyeball, patients with high myopia are at a higher risk of developing potentially blinding ocular conditions, such as glaucoma, retinal detachments and macular disease.
Myopia control techniques are used by optometrists to slow the progression of myopia. Although these methods cannot reverse the amount of myopia that has already occurred, research studies have shown that by applying myopia control, we can potentially avoid visually devastating ocular changes in the future by reducing the rate of myopic progression.
Myopia in patients can vary due to genetic and environmental factors. Each treatment option offers different benefits and considerations. Please call our office to set up a time to further discuss with our optometrists.