More than 30% of children are becoming nearsighted and the number is growing every day due to genetics and increased screen time.
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a chronic, progressive eye disease characterized by eye elongation and increased risk of eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and myopic macular degeneration. Any amount of myopia increases the risk of vision-threatening conditions into adulthood. For every 1 diopter of myopia, the risk of developing myopic macular degeneration increases by 67%. If you're under -3.00 myopia, the risk is 20x and if over -6.00 diopter, the risk increases to 40x.
What is myopia control?
Myopia control includes a group of treatment methods backed by scientific research to slow down the progression of myopia. There is no current method that can completely stop the progression as of yet, but the goal is to flatten the risk curve.
At our office we prescribe the newest methods such as:
Ortho-K is another traditional method of myopia control; however, we do not prescribe them in our office.