Myopia also known as nearsightedness is growing increasingly common among children today. This type of refractive error causes light to focus at a point just in front of the retina, making it difficult for a person to see a distant object clearly. It is estimated that more than 50% of the world’s population will develop myopia by 2050. Myopia is now occurring at earlier ages and progressing at faster rates than seen in previous generations.
Although there is no cure for myopia, there are a number of treatments that may be able to slow the progression of myopia. Slowing the rate of progression of myopia is crucial in preventing your child from developing high levels of myopia that require thick eyeglasses and that have also been associated with serious eye conditions later in life such as cataracts, glaucoma, myopic maculopathy and retinal detachment.
The following are the most common treatment options available to slow the progression of myopia:
- Multifocal Eye Glasses
- Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)
- Atropine Eye Drops
If your child has recently been diagnosed with myopia or is progressing at a fast rate, book an appointment with our Optometrist to learn about the current myopia control options.