The Myopia Management Center At Family Eyecare Center of Optometry In Los Angeles, California
Your Child’s Prescription Seems To Get Worse All The Time?
It’s more than an inconvenience; it’s a serious risk to your child’s vision. If your child’s prescription for nearsightedness is getting worse all the time, it’s more than an inconvenience. Myopia can be aggressive. As incidence rates of myopia drastically rise, it’s also the case that aggressive or progressive myopia is rapidly increasing too. This situation is much worse than needing stronger and stronger corrective lenses, glasses or contacts. Myopia puts your child at risk for a wide range of serious and potentially devastating eye conditions later in life. These risks include Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Retinal detachment and Glaucoma.
The more advanced the progression, the greater the risks associated with the Myopia. However, the research is now showing that any amount of myopia is dangerous.
At The Myopia Management Center At Family Eyecare Center of Optometry, we specialize in providing the greater Los Angeles, California area with effective, specialized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or even halting the progression of myopia, we reduce these long-term risks to best ensure that your child enjoys seeing the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Myopia
Myopia, also referred to as being nearsighted, is a condition where light from objects in the distance focuses in the front of the eye instead of where it’s supposed to focus - the retina. This causes distance vision to distort and become blurry. Myopia starts in childhood and progressively deteriorates into young adulthood.
Because myopia is very often progressive, distance vision continues to get worse and worse. This means your child constantly needs an updated stronger prescription and new glasses or contacts. The progression of myopia often outpaces your child’s eye exams. Since learning is by and large visual, myopia negatively affects your child’s school performance. What’s more, the rate of progression of myopia directly correlates with the risk levels of developing vision-threatening eye diseases. Typically, myopia is broken down into these categories:
- High Myopia
- Moderate Myopia
- Low Myopia
High, moderate and low correspond to how far the myopia has progressed; in other words, how strong a prescription is needed. Therefore, the higher the rate of myopia and progression, the greater the risks to your child’s vision.
Myopic vision is caused when the eye becomes elongated and overly-curved in the front. This causes the objects we see to become blurry at a distance. In short, the signals to our eyes get distorted.
The exact cause of myopia is not entirely clear, although it seems to be a combination of genetics and environment. More and more, the evidence is pointing to two factors which seem to greatly affect incidence rates around the world: greatly reduced time outdoors and rapidly increasing time spent in front of digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets.
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Myopia Management FAQ
- What is myopia?
- Is myopia or nearsightedness increasing?
- What is myopia management?
- Can myopia treatments reduce the progression of myopia?
- 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.
- 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.
- Myopia management treatment uses specific types of glasses, contact lenses and eye drops to slow down the progression of myopia.
- In many cases, myopia management has been scientifically shown to reduce the progression of myopia or nearsightedness.