Myopia – A Growing Concern

  • Children with one or two nearsighted parents are more likely to have myopia (nearsightedness).
  • Children who spend more time on digital devices are more likely to become myopic.

What is Myopia?

  • Myopia, aka “Nearsighted”, is when your eyeball is too long.
  • Objects that are far away (TV, movies, etc.) are harder to see clearly.
  • Objects that are close (books, cell phones, etc.) are typically clear.
  • Minus power lens, either glasses or contacts, are used to give you clear vision.

How does Myopia get worse?

  • When your eye grows the image is focused farther from the retina.
  • This causes images of distant objects to become increasingly blurry.
  • This means your glasses or contact lens prescription will get stronger – example: from a -2.00 to a -3.00.

Is there any Treatment for Myopia?

  • The lens in your eye is totally relaxed when you look at a distant object.
  • As an object gets closer, your eye starts to focus – this pulls on the eye, causing it to get longer.
  • Reducing this focusing, or pulling, can help reduce the progression of Myopia.

Some Ways to Reduce Myopia Progression

  • Spend at least 2 hours per day outside
  • Wear MiSight® contact lenses
  • Wear bifocal glasses
  • Put relaxing drops in your eyes
  • Orthokeratology (“Ortho-K”) – reshaping your cornea with hard contact lenses

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