Myopia (nearsightedness) is a common vision condition that makes distance vision blurry and is associated with higher risks for certain eye diseases. Myopia is growing around the world with recent estimates showing on average, 30% of the population is currently myopic. It is predicted that by 2050, almost 50% of us will be myopic!
Most people with myopia develop it between the ages of 6 to 14, with their vision stabilizing around age 20. However, it is possible for adults to develop myopia as well!
If left uncorrected, myopia can adversely affect a child’s development by impairing their visual learning and may also be confused with other conditions such as ADHD. High myopia may lead to serious sight conditions later in life such as cataracts, detached retinas, glaucoma, and blindness.
Screening for myopia during our children’s eye exams can ensure your child gets the visual help they need.
It is sometimes hard for kids to notice when they are having vision troubles. You can help them by watching for these warning signs:
- Sitting too close to the television or computer screen
- Frequent squinting
- Complaints about headaches
Our optometrists can help slow myopia’s progression in children and manage its impact on adults. Our clinic offers several options for controlling myopia, including MiyoSmart glasses, MiSight contact lenses, Orthokeratology, and atropine eye drops. Please contact us to find the right strategy to combat myopia for you or your children!