Myopia Management

What is myopia?

Normal Vision

The image is formed on the retina

Myopia

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.

Myopia

[mahy-oh-pee-uh]

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

Genetics

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
  • % of Myopic World Population – 2030
  • % of Myopic World Population – 2040
  • % of Myopic World Population – 2050

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.

Orthokeratology

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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