Why Does Myopia Need to Be Managed?
Myopia (nearsightedness) is reaching epidemic proportions. By 2050, half of the world’s population is expected to have myopia. That’s worrying, as having myopia significantly raises the risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases later in life, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration.
Myopia management, which entails the use of eye drops, specialized contact lenses or multifocal glasses, can help slow the often rapid visual deterioration caused by myopia in children and help prevent vision loss later in life.
If you’re concerned that your child’s vision is deteriorating, contact EyeCare Associates today. We can help.
Did You Know Myopia Is Caused By Abnormal Eye Growth?
Myopia is the most common refractive error among children and young adults. It occurs when the eye elongates, causing rays of light to focus in front of the light-sensitive retina rather than directly on it. This causes distant objects to appear blurred while nearby objects remain clear.
The degree of myopia can progress gradually or rapidly, especially from ages 8-18. This is not just a matter of inconvenience or needing stronger glasses; if the myopia continues to progress, the child is at a higher risk of developing dangerous eye diseases later in life that can lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness.
Although eyeglasses and standard contact lenses can correct a person’s vision, they do not treat the underlying cause of myopia or slow its progression.
There are three specialized treatment options to slow the progression of myopia.
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-k)
- Atropine eye drops
- Multifocal contact lenses
Our doctors work closely with each family and customize treatment programs for every child based on their unique needs. Patients are thoroughly evaluated, carefully monitored, and reviewed frequently in order to monitor progress and modify the treatment to ensure best outcomes. Follow-up visits generally occur every 6-12 months to assess the treatment’s efficacy.
What Parents Are Saying About Myopia Management
After a concussion from a high school sports injury, I assumed that headaches were just going to be a part of my life that I could only manage but not cure. Fast forward ten years, after a particularly bad headache, I began suffering from vertigo that impacted my daily life.
I decided to visit an eye doctor, noticing that the headaches also correlated to a soreness behind my eyes. The first office I visited did a full exam and found nothing wrong. I left this appointment with the knowledge that I had near-perfect vision, but also the sinking suspicion that I was missing something.
While researching my symptoms, I found EyeCare Associates. In their brochure about convergence insufficiency, I read that a basic eye exam may not detect CI. This gave me hope! And I immediately reached out to EyeCare Associates to make an appointment for a consultation.
It was such a relief to finally have an answer. I began vision therapy with Dr. Spengler to work on resolving what I learned was accommodative insufficiency. After just a few months of VT, my quality of life has significantly improved. The headaches are gone, the vertigo is gone, and I've learned so much about my eyes and visual hygiene.
I'm so grateful for Dr. Schulman and Dr. Spengler, and the whole team at EyeCare Associates for finding answers for me when no one else could.
Myopia increases the risk of serious, sight threatening complications.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Myopia Management?
If you are concerned about your child’s myopia, call our office today. Our team of eye care professionals will help you understand more about your child's nearsightedness and will determine whether your child is a candidate for myopia management.
Take our myopia assessment online to find out whether your child could benefit from this life-changing treatment.
Myopia Management Offers a Brighter Future | FAQ
If you’ve been wearing glasses or contacts for many years without much concern, it may seem unnecessary to manage your child’s myopia. However, it’s a worthwhile and important investment, as rapidly progressing myopia may lead to more severe eye complications and sight-threatening conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal detachment.
In fact, the longer the eyeball length, the greater the risk of ocular complications down the line.
Myopia management has been shown to effectively help reduce the rate of growth of the eyeball in children and teens by slowing its progression. Offer your child a brighter future with myopia management.
Can Myopia Lead to Blindness?
In extreme circumstances, myopia can lead to serious vision-threatening complications, including blindness. This occurs primarily in cases where high myopia has reached an advanced stage called degenerative myopia.
What is Progressive Myopia?
Progressive myopia is nearsightedness that continues to worsen year after year. This progression can result in severe myopia, also called high myopia, that may be associated with potentially serious side effects.
Can Myopia Be Cured?
Currently, there is no cure for myopia. But myopia management methods like Ortho-K, multifocal contact lenses and atropine eye drops can slow its progression.