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Nearsightedness: Not Just An Inconvenience

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Although eyeglassesand standard contact lenses can correct a person’s vision, they do not treat the underlying cause of myopia or slow its progression.

Myopia significantly increases the risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases later in life, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration. The higher your child’s myopia, the greater the risk.

If you’re concerned about your child’s long-term eye health and vision, contact The Myopia Management Center At Family Eyecare Center of Optometry in Los Angeles today.

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What is Myopia Management?

Myopia management is an area of eye care that uses custom treatments to prevent or slow your child's myopia progression. Depending upon your child's specific needs, our eye care team in Los Angeles can help your child maintain clearer vision for longer.

We slow the progression of nearsightedness by using the following treatment methods:

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Myopia Management FAQ

Questions:

  1. What is myopia?
  2. Is myopia or nearsightedness increasing?
  3. What is myopia management?
  4. Can myopia treatments reduce the progression of myopia?

Answers:

  1. Myopia is a refractive error commonly known as nearsightedness where a person cannot see clearly at a distance. Nearsighted people often see better at near than at far.
  2. Myopia or nearsightedness is increasing worldwide with more than one million new cases every week. The current two and one half billion cases of myopia is expected to double to five billion by the year 2050.
  3. Myopia management treatment uses specific types of glasses, contact lenses and eye drops to slow down the progression of myopia.
  4. In many cases, myopia management has been scientifically shown to reduce the progression of myopia or nearsightedness.

Symptoms of Myopia

  • Your child struggles to see things clearly at a distance
  • Difficulties seeing the board in class
  • Your child squints to see far away objects
  • They complain of headaches and eyestrain
  • Difficulties with sports that involve small balls, such as baseball or tennis
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Myopia and Eye Diseases

As your child’s myopia progresses and worsens, they heighten their risk of developing vision-threatening eye diseases later in life.

In fact, their odds of developing vision loss due to glaucoma, macular degeneration or retinal disease increase by as much as 10x!

Myopia Treatment


The good news? Myopia management and regular eye exams with our optometry team can help your child regain clear vision, and slow down or even stop their vision from worsening.

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How Do I Know If My Child Needs Myopia Management?


If you are concerned about your child’s myopia, call our practice today. Our eye doctor 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.

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Our Myopia Management Team

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Dr. Harold Ashcraft OD

Dr. Harold Ashcraft has received two Bachelor of Science Degrees with Honors as well as his Doctor of Optometry Degree with Distinction (1984). He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Kappa Phi, and Beta Sigma Kappa honor societies. He is also a member of the American, California and...
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Myopia increases the risk of serious eye diseases


Myopia can significantly increase your risk of developing potentially sight-threatening eye conditions in the future. But how much does your risk grow, exactly?


Research shows that the worse your myopia is, the higher your risk. For example, your risk of developing myopic maculopathy, an especially severe form of macular degeneration, is 2.2x higher if your prescription is -2.00, and jumps to 9.7x at -4.00, 40.6x higher at -6.00, and is a whopping 126.8x higher at a prescription of -8.00.


This is why it’s so essential to stop myopia progression in its tracks with myopia management.

What Factors Increase Risk of Myopia?

According to our eye care team, the following factors may increase the risk of nearsightedness:


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Genetic Factors

Myopic parents (one or both) increases the child's risk of nearsightedness.

Age

Developing myopia before age 12 significantly increases the risk of severe myopia.

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Daily Habits

Spending too much time on digital screens and reading books can strain the eyes, increasing risk of nearsightedness.

FAQ | Understanding Myopia Management

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When does myopia (nearsightedness) usually begin?


Myopia tends to begin in school-aged children, and usually continues to progress until a person reaches roughly the age of 20. The longer it progresses, and the worse it gets, the higher your child's risk of potentially sight-threatening eye conditions later in life.

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Is there an ideal age for myopia management?


It is recommended to start myopia management as soon as possible, with best results found in children who started before the age of 9. However, myopia control can help children and teens of all ages.

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Why is myopia management important?

As the myopic eye elongates, it stretches the retina, the light-sensitive layer lining the back of the eye. Excessive stretching makes the eye more prone to tears, inflammation, the formation of new, weak blood vessels and scarring. This raises the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and myopic maculopathy. Safeguard your child's vision with myopia management.


Protect your child’s long-term vision and eye health. Contact our Los Angeles optometry team regarding myopia management at Family Eyecare Center of Optometry today!

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