Myopia is commonly referred to as nearsighted which means clearer vision at near relative to far distances. Myopia is much more than "just" blurry vision. Myopia is the condition where the length of the eye is excessively long. Myopia is a serious eye condition because of the increased risk of eye disease associated with it. People with myopia are at a higher risk of developing blinding eye conditions such as Retinal Detachment, Glaucoma, Maculopathy and earlier Cataracts. Research has shown a direct relationship between the degree of myopia and the risk of these serious eye diseases.
Myopia is developed. Myopia is very rare at birth, it develops with time and it is well known that myopia increases in school age children. Since myopia commonly progresses from lower amounts to higher amounts it is advantageous to limit the progression of myopia which in turn will limit the risk of eye disease later in life. Our doctors at North Suburban Vision Consultants are among the leaders in the field of myopia. Thankfully there are options to limit the progression of childhood myopia. Currently these include:
And less commonly Bifocal Glasses.
Your doctor and North Suburban Vision Consultants will analyze your child's situation and tailor a personalized treatment to limit the progression of childhood myopia. If you have any concerns about myopia make an appointment here.