Why Does My Child's Nearsightedness Need to Be Managed?
Myopia significantly increases the risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases later in life, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration. The higher your child’s myopia, the greater the risk.
Although eyeglasses and standard contact lenses can correct a person’s vision, they do not treat the underlying cause of myopia or slow its progression. This is where myopia management comes in.
If you’re concerned about your child’s long-term eye health and vision, contact Bellport Perspective Eye Care today. We can help.
What is Myopia Management?
Myopia management is an area of eye care that uses various tools and treatments to prevent or slow your child's myopia progression. Depending upon your child's specific needs, our doctors will be able to prescribe management options that can help your child maintain better vision for longer.
We specialize in myopia treatment to slow progression of nearsightedness using any of the following methods:
Is your child’s eyesight being impacted by screen time?
Take a look at this video for a brief explanation of myopia (nearsightedness), how screen time may be making it worse, and how you may be able to protect your child’s vision.
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is becoming an increasing common issue for children and adults all around the world. As a matter of fact, eye care experts predict that, at the current rate of increase, half the world population will by nearsighted by the year 2050.
Usually beginning when a child is between the ages of 6 and 14, myopia tends to get progressively worse until the child’s vision stabilizes, often somewhere in their early 20’s. Unfortunately, this often results in a heavy dependence on glasses and contact lenses to function properly day-to-day.
Beyond poor vision and dependence on glasses or contacts, having myopia also significantly increases a child’s risk of developing potentially sight-threatening eye diseases later in life. The more severe the myopia, the higher the increase in risk.
One major factor in the recent increase in myopia cases is the high amount of time that children spend in front of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, televisions and computers. This is even more true in recent years, with the widespread use of distance learning to deal with the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. Research shows that this high level of exposure to digital devices and the blue light they emit can seriously harm your child’s vision.
Ask our eye doctors about the various methods of myopia management we offer at our eye care clinic, including ortho-k, atropine drops, and multifocal contact lenses.
What Parents Are Saying About Myopia Management
Myopia increases the risk of serious eye diseases
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Myopia Management?
If you are concerned about your child’s myopia, call Bellport Perspective Eye Care today. Our team of eye care professionals will help you understand more about your child's nearsightedness and will determine whether your child is a candidate for myopia management.
Take our myopia assessment online to find out whether your child could benefit from this life-changing treatment.