Myopia, or Nearsightedness is a common condition that can be easily controlled with the correct treatment and monitoring. Myopia causes the light that enters the eye to focus incorrectly in front of the retina. Higher levels of Myopia can cause vision problems over time if not controlled properly
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a very common condition in childhood. Most children will need to use glasses to see distant objects more clearly. Oftentimes, their prescription can change on a yearly basis or even every 6 months. Research shows an alarming increase in the rate of myopia worldwide. According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, they predict that about 50% of the world’s population will suffer from this condition. Moderate to high levels of myopia can leave patients with higher risks of retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration. Slowing the rate of change in myopia is the only way to prevent these significant problems. Much research has been done to try and decrease the rate of change in myopia and Dr. Chan would be happy to discuss the latest options that are available for children at this time. Various options include specialized daily wear contact lenses, specialized glasses and possibly pharmaceutical modalities.