What is myopia?
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. A person with myopia has more difficulty seeing far away than up close. Myopia used to be thought of as simply a glasses issue and has been traditionally treated using glasses, contact lenses, or refractive surgeries such as LASIK. Today, we recognize even more the dangers that myopia can cause to long term vision and eye health. As optometrists, we are committed to going beyond 20/20 and helping to stop myopia in its tracks.
the risk factors for developing myopia
Not Enough Hyperopia
Less hyperopia (or farsightedness) than expected at an early age is a risk factor for developing myopia. These children may develop myopia early in life.
A family history of myopia can increase your child’s risk of myopia. Your child has a VERY high risk of myopia if both parents are nearsighted.
Children of East Asian decent are more likely to become myopic. They are also at a higher risk of developing higher levels of myopia earlier in life.
Too Much Time Indoors
Children that spend less than 1.5 hours per day outdoors are at a risk of developing nearsightedness earlier in life.
Studies have differed as to how much of a role near work places in developing myopia. However, children that spend more than 2.5 hour per day on near work are at a greater risk of developing myopia.
Number of Risk Factors
Like any other medical condition, the more risk factors your child has, the greater his or her are of chances of developing myopia.
It's a Global epidemic
It is estimated that by the year 2050 nearly 50% of the world’s population will be nearsighted.
High myopia can lead to sight threatening conditions such as glaucoma, damage to the macula, cataracts, retinal thinning, and even retinal detachment.
Go In Depth
Learn more about the prevalence, causes, risk factors, and serious eye diseases related to myopia. But there is hope! We are learning more an more about how to prevent and slow myopia in children!
Help your child today!
Nearsightedness is a worldwide epidemic, but you don’t have to leave your child’s vision to chance. Early detection is key. A comprehensive eye exam is the first step to determining the risks of developing myopia. Call today to schedule your child’s appointment with the areas ONLY eye doctor fellowship trained in pediatrics and vision therapy.