Thank you for visiting our website about myopia control. We hope it serves as a valuable tool for understanding childhood myopia, risks of high myopia in adulthood, and what can be done now to prevent your child's vision from worsening.
Myopia (or nearsightedness) is blurry distance vision as a result of the eye's focal power being too strong. Near objects are often clear within a certain range. Myopia is not just a problem of the eye’s focal power. It is often associated with eyesight threatening disease. Research shows the prevalence of myopia among school age children is growing at an alarming rate. This means an increasing number of people are at risk for severe vision impairment in late adulthood.
Myopia is caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors, which lead to an elongation of the length of the eyeball (in millimeters). A child's risk of developing myopia increases if one or both parents are myopic. Other than genetics, too little exposure to outdoor light, excessive time doing near vision tasks, and eye posture and focusing ability all play a part in progressive myopia.
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Although we cannot modify genetics, we can slow down (and in some cases stop) the progression of myopia by how we use our eyes, and what we prescribe to correct vision.
These soft contact lenses create optical blur outside the central retina, which reduces the stimulus for eye elongation, and slows or stops the progression of myopia.
The reading portion of the lens creates optical blur on half of the retina, reducing the stimulus for eye elongation. While this is not as effective as the other myopia management options, it still offers some slowing of myopia progression, and some myopia control is better than none.
These non-commercial, pharmaceutical eye drops dilate the pupil and completely relax the eyes' focusing mechanism. Research suggests nearsightedness in children may be linked to too much near work.
Research suggests that at least 1.5 hours of time spent outdoors daily can have a significant impact on slowing down myopia progression or delaying myopia onset.
Avoiding all near work is impossible, but limiting the amount of time spent in front of digital devices (especially when not associated with school work) may help slow down myopia progression. In addition, taking frequent breaks to look at distance objects during concentrated near work is beneficial as well.
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