Protect Your Child from the Myopia Epidemic
The rate of myopia prevalence is increasing every year. In four decades the United States almost doubled the amount of people that suffer from myopia. Myopia increases the risks for developing more serious eye conditions.
What is Myopia?
Myopia, or nearsightness, is an eye condition where you cannot see distant objects, but you can see up close objects. This is caused by both the shape and length of the eye ball.
Traditionally myopia has been treated with glasses and contact lenses, however these older methods don’t prevent the prescription from changing.
OrthoK is a better treatment method for myopia that corrects the vision and helps prevent the eyes getting worse every year.
Symptoms of Myopia
- Headaches – Caused by stress and strain of the visual system
- Blurry Vision – Difficult to see distant objects, especially in the dark or when its raining.
- Eye Fatigue – Sleepy eyes due to eyestrain, especially with digital device use
- Hold Objects Close – Only can see objects up close clearly, everything far away is blurry.
- Squinting – Squinting helps the eyes see clearly temporarily, called the pinhole effect.
The Myopia Epidemic
Myopia, or nearsightedness, has increased more than 66% in the United States since 1971. In the 1970’s 25% of US citizens had myopia and now over 40% have myopia. Nearly 30% of the worlds population is nearsighted and it is estimated to rise to over 50% by 2050, that is nearly 5 billion people.
East Asian countries including China, Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea have a prevalence of myopia between 80 – 90%. Genetics is the strongest risk factor for myopia, however, increased near work especially with digital devices may play a part into increasing numbers.
Why Treat Myopia?
Untreated myopia can prevent children reaching their full potential in school and life. It can cause fatigue and strain with the visual system and lead to headaches and even more serious health conditions.
As myopia increases, so do the risks for:
- Retinal detachments
- Macular degeneration
- Cataracts can develop sooner
Schedule a free consultation and allow us to help create a treatment plan for your child. Myopia control helps slow and sometimes stops myopia.