Myopia Management- Did You know?
One-third of the US population is believed to have nearsighted vision, or Myopia, with an expected increase in the US and globally over the next years.
- Potential risk factors for the onset and advance of myopia are as follows:
- The Age of the patient upon the initial onset
- The patients' Ethnicity (patients of Asian descent are at the greatest risk)
- Family History- Parental myopia
- Increased time spent outdoors
- Increased time spent performing near work such as reading and digital device use
Single vision glasses and contact lenses may be used to correct blurry vision related to myopia. But as myopia increases, the future risk of eye conditions such as retinal detachments, glaucoma, and macular disease rises. Slowing down or preventing myopia can reduce the risk of the associated eye conditions.
Simple strategies are used by Dr. Rocio Alicea to manage the progression of nearsighted vision. These strategies include:
- Soft multifocal contact lenses
- Low-dose atropine pharmaceutical drops
Studies show these myopia management methods can slow myopia by at least 50%.
If you have any additional questions or would like to begin a myopia control option for your child, please contact Veo Vision Center today!