Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Myopia Management


What is Myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a progressive eye condition that results in blurry distance vision due to elongation of the eye. Myopia is increasing in prevalence and has recently been termed as the “myopic epidemic.” It is estimated that by the year 2050, nearly 50% of the world’s population will be nearsighted.


What Are the Risk Factors For Myopia Onset and Progression?

  • Age of patient upon initial diagnosis

  • Ethnicity (greatest prevalence in Asian decent)

  • Parents with myopia

  • Less time spent outdoors

  • More time spent on near tasks (reading & digital devices)

Why Does This Matter?

Myopia is the 6th leading cause of blindness worldwide. As it increases, the risk of developing vision threatening complications such as retinal detachments, macular disease, early cataracts, and glaucoma also increases.

What Are the Available Treatment Options?

Single vision glasses and contact lenses can be prescribed to correct blurred vision associated with nearsightedness, however they do not slow the progression of myopia.
Management options to slow the progression of nearsightedness include:

  •  Soft multifocal contact lenses

  • Orthokeratology

  • Low-dose atropine pharmaceutical drops

Research has indicated that these treatment options can slow myopia by up to 50%.

All children are screened for myopia during their comprehensive eye examinations and evaluated for progression. Contact Mid America Vision Center if you have any additional questions or would like to schedule an appointment!

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