Around 30 percent of children and teens in the U.S. are suffering from myopia, one of the most common refractive errors along with hyperopia and astigmatism.
In this post, your local pediatric eye doctor at Park Slope discusses why myopia control matters.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia makes it harder to see objects at a distance. The condition typically emerges during childhood and is due to an irregularly shaped eyeball. A child is at a higher risk of developing myopia if both parents have the condition.
Fortunately, myopia can be corrected with specialty eyeglasses and contact lenses. Studies show that participating in outdoor activities lowers the risk of childhood myopia.
Why Is Myopia Control Important?
Myopia control prevents the progression of myopia in children and teens. It aims to keep children’s vision protected for the future. Also, it reduces the risk of eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma and retinal detachment.
Children experience significant changes in their eyes in their developmental years so myopia control is very important. Parents are advised to have their children’s eyes examined regularly for early detection and treatment of myopia.
Myopia Control Methods
Multifocal eyeglasses help correct vision problems due to myopia and are most beneficial for reading and computer use. Special contact lenses used for myopia control such as orthokeratology (ortho-K) lenses and multifocal lenses can also help. Ortho-K lenses are worn during sleep and give you temporarily clear vision during the day.
At Park Slope Eye, we can make a customized treatment plan that suits your child. We also offer dry eye treatment, vision therapy and laser eye surgery. Schedule an appointment online to learn more about our services. We assist patients in Brooklyn, NY, and surrounding areas.