Childhood Myopia is on the Rise

The prevalence of myopia, commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is increasing in the United States and worldwide, particularly among children. Myopia causes vision to become blurred in the long distance. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that one contributing factor to this trend is the excessive time children spend indoors on cellphones and computers. Children need a balance of indoor and outdoor activities for their eyes to develop properly. Myopia normally begins in childhood and then progressively increases until early adulthood.

What Occurs in a Child’s Eyes That Leads to Myopia?

When children spend extensive periods engaging in close-up activities, a significant portion of the visual input fails to focus properly on the peripheral regions of the retina, the light-sensitive part of the eye. This blurred image prompts the eye to elongate, resulting in the progression of myopia.

Genetics

Genetics also play a significant role in myopia, as children with one or both nearsighted parents have a higher likelihood of developing myopia.

How Does Myopia Impact Children?

Myopia has a profound impact on a child’s academic performance. Studies indicate that children with myopia who do not have corrective glasses tend to lag behind in their schoolwork. Additionally, a significant portion of these children, ranging from five to fifteen percent, may progress to severe nearsightedness, which can lead to additional eye health risks across a person’s lifetime. Taking control of the progression of myopia in children during the fast progression stage in their life will likely achieve the most gains.

Learn More About Myopia in Children

Did you know that spending just 2 hours outside per day can reduce the progression of myopia in children? Watch the video to learn more about risk factors, symptoms, and ways to combat myopia in children.

Myopia Management Program for Children

The doctors of Midwest Eye Consultants will work with you on the best myopia treatment plan for your child. Through treatment, the progression of myopia is slowed. Short-term benefits include better vision and quality of life. The long-term benefits include the protection of your child’s eye health and reducing the risks of eye health problems and vision impairment throughout life. Your Midwest Eye Consultants doctor may also discuss with you eye healthy habits including time spent in outside activities and taking eye-healthy breaks from close-up activities


Treatment Includes:

  • Prescription eye drops are often utilized for primary-school-aged children. These drops can slow the progression of myopia in children from age 4.

  • Depending on your child, the initial treatment could include the first and only FDA-approved soft contact lens used to treat and slow the progression of myopia in children aged 8-12 years. The contacts are one-day lenses that allow children to experience clear vision and freedom from glasses while continuing to enjoy the activities they love.


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