Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is the inability to see objects clearly at a distance. The eyeball elongates, causing light rays to focus incorrectly in the eye, thus making distance vision blurry.
Myopia is becoming an increasingly more common condition, especially in school-aged children. Myopia occurs during childhood with many factors contributing to the continuously progressing condition, including genetics. Children have a 1 in 4 chance of developing myopia even if neither parent have been diagnosed with the condition but a child whose parent(s) have myopia, increases the child's chances of developing nearsightedness by double. Also, their environment can play a major roll, research shows that children who spend more time outside are less likely to develop myopia.
As the eye continues to grow and the amount of myopia increases, ocular tissues change in response to the eye growth, resulting in eye health risks that are not as evident in a non-myopic eye. The more nearsighted a child is, the greater the risks become. Leaving it untreated could result in cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and myopia maculopathy.
We now have a way to manage myopia, the earlier managing myopia starts, the better the outcome. With MiSight 1 Day, the only contact lens approved by the FDA for managing myopia, slows progression. By slowing progression of myopia, we can reduce the risks that are likely to come later in life. Managing myopia starts here at Obermark Eye Health Care, the only practice certified to help children with myopia within a 50-mile radius. Learn more today by calling for your child's next appointment or by visiting our website.
Success in school starts with clear vision.