Myopia Management in Memphis, TN
Myopia management can be defined as the slowing down of axial elongation, which, by definition, also slows down the rate at which the dioptric value of the refractive error increases. The onset of myopia typically occurs somewhere between the ages of 6 and 12 years.
What is Myopia?
The image is formed on the retina.
The image is formed before the retina.
Factors of Myopia
Medical professionals have known for a long time that the longer an eye is, the more likely it is to have certain problems such as retinal tears and detachments as well as a few other problems. There seems to be 3 factors involved.
A condition of the eye in which parallel rays are focused in front of the retina, objects being seen distinctly only when near to the eye; nearsightedness
One or both parents being myopic increases the child’s risk of being myopic.
Time Spent on Near Tasks
More time spent on near tasks in childhood such as reading or using a smartphone/tablet increases risk.
Time Spent Outdoors
More time spent outdoors in sunlight during childhood decreases their risk.
The MYOPIA Numbers
Evidence is mounting that myopia is growing around the world. A recent study estimated that on average, 30% of the world is currently myopic and by 2050, based on current trends, almost 50% will be myopic. That’s almost 5 billion people!
- % of Myopic World Population – 2020 34% 34%
- % of Myopic World Population – 2030 40% 40%
- % of Myopic World Population – 2040 45% 45%
- % of Myopic World Population – 2050 50% 50%
Solutions for myopia
All myopia solution options require annual dilated examinations and 6-month prescription checks. And some of the expenses may be covered by vision insurance plans.
Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses
These lenses are designed primarily for people over 40 to help with distance vision and near at the same time. They have been shown to be very effective at slowing down myopia.
A custom designed contact lenses is worn only at night while asleep. These lenses gently reshape the front surface of the eye so that when the lenses are removed in the morning, you can see clearly all day without any contact lenses or glasses.
Low Dose Atropine Eyedrops
These prescription eyedrops can be used on their own or along with the contact lens options. These drops are purchased directly from a compounding pharmacy.
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