Help Your Child’s Vision Go the Distance
One of the most common vision problems children face is myopia, also known as nearsightedness. Myopia is one of the most common refractive errors in the US, affecting nearly 30% to 40% of the entire country’s population. However, cases are on the rise, and some studies suggest that half the world will have myopia by 2050.
Our mission is to preserve the quality of your child’s eyesight with medically backed treatments and information. If your child seems to be struggling with their vision, please call us today to book their appointment.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia is an eye condition that results in blurred distance vision. It occurs when the eye elongates as your child grows, making it difficult for light entering your child’s eyes to reach their retina. When light doesn’t reach the retina, the eye may read this as a signal to grow longer, exacerbating their symptoms.
There are several ways children may be at risk of developing myopia, but one of the most common is genetics. Children may also be at risk if they spend too much time on up-close tasks, like playing computer games.
Understanding Childhood Myopia
Myopia generally develops in children as young as 6 to 8 years old. If left uncontrolled, their symptoms will progress into adulthood.
It’s important to detect, diagnose, and treat this condition as early as possible, but it can be difficult to know if your child is struggling with a vision problem. One of the best ways to discover these issues early is to make sure your child has regular eye exams. You can also watch their behavior between exams to see if there’s a problem.
Some of the most common signs of a vision problem may include:
- Rubbing their eyes excessively
- Struggling with school
- Sitting close to TVs and whiteboards
- Consistent headaches
- Experiencing eye strain when working on computers
- Having trouble paying attention
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) treatments are a common solution for managing your child’s myopia. Ortho-k contact lenses are designed to gently reshape your child’s eye surface while they sleep, correcting their vision without the need for glasses or traditional contact lenses throughout the day.
This treatment may be an excellent option for active kids who are regularly involved in sports.
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