A Closer Look at Pediatric Myopia
What is Myopia
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error that occurs when the eye does not properly bend light. The light is unable to focus correctly so images are not clear and distant objects appear blurred.
A Growing Concern
More than 40% of Americans are myopic, and that number is increasing at an alarming rate, especially among school-age children. Two-thirds of Eye Care Practitioners say the presence of myopia among children in their practice has increased over the past 5-10 years, and 81% agree that myopia is one of the biggest problems impacting children’s eyesight today
What’s Causing the Rise in Children?
The upward trend in cases can be attributed to several factors, generally the result of a combination of the following:
- Genetics, one or both parents are myopic
- Insufficient time spent outdoors
- Prolonged time spent reading, playing and working with digital devices like phones and tablets
- Poor lighting levels
Myopia that is allowed to progress without treatment has been linked to more severe, sight-threatening complications later in life, including:
- Retinal detachment
- Myopic Maculopathy
What We Are Doing
The Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program is a new standard of care for our patients. This is a comprehensive approach to myopia management specifically designed for our pediatric patients and their busy parents. Built around MiSight daily contact lenses, the first and only FDA approved soft contact lenses to help slow the progression of myopia in children ages 8-12, this program allows us to do more for you than ever before.
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To learn more about the in-depth program and all it entails, call our office to schedule your child for a visit and ask how the Brilliant Futures Program can help change their lives.