Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a condition involving the length of the eyeball. When an eyeball is too long, images get focused in front of the retina (the portion of the eye that sends the image to the brain). This causes objects in the distance to be blurry. The longer the eye, typically the blurrier the distance vision.
Most people are children when they first develop myopia. The younger a child is when they first develop myopia, the faster their myopia seems to progress if left unmanaged. During a Myopia Consultation at Factoria Eye Clinic, we can show you graphs specific to your child
The lengthening that occurs when an eye becomes nearsighted also puts the eye at risk for medical health issues with the eye. A myopic eye is more likely to develop cataracts, glaucoma, myopic macular degeneration, and retinal detachment. At Factoria Eye Clinic we specialize in proven methods to control and manage myopia.
Parents often ask how to prevent myopia in their children. Recent studies show that spending time outdoors reduces the risk of myopia. We recommend that children spend at least 40 minutes per day outdoors. Children who spend more time indoors, reading or on their devices tend to get more nearsighted. Another way to reduce risk of myopia is to avoid digital eye strain. Digital eye strain occurs with extended periods of viewing devices or computer screens. To minimize this, we recommend the 20-20-20 approach. Every 20 minutes look at an object at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds.
Absolutely! Most children in the United States who are nearsighted wear eyeglasses or single vision contact lenses. These types of treatments help them to see better while they are wearing them…but unfortunately are not the most effective way to slow down the progression. Schedule a myopia management consultation at Factoria Eye Clinic to find out what type of treatment might be best for your child to slow down the progression of myopia. These treatments might include night-time corneal re-shaping contact lenses (orthokeratology), myopia control daytime soft contact lenses or night time eye drops.