Myopia is more commonly referred to as nearsightedness, or the inability to see objects clearly at a distance. The myopic eye is longer than the non-myopic eye. Generally, the longer the eye, the worse the person’s vision.
In the early 1970s, only 25% of Americans were nearsighted. Today, more than 40% of Americans are myopic, and that number is increasing at an alarming rate, especially among school-age children.
Myopia in children increases when parents are myopic. The likelihood of children developing myopia increases:
Research shows that modern lifestyles may influence the development of myopia.
There is new technology and methodologies now available that has been demonstrated to slow the progression of near sightedness by up to 40% decreasing the risks of future eye diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma and cataracts. Schedule a consultation for more information.