Myopia is the condition commonly known as near or short-sighted. Myopia has become increasingly prevalent around the world in recent decades, resulting in a major health, social and economic burden. In fact, in 2010, myopia was estimated to be the main cause of distance visual impairment worldwide – and it is ranked as the second most common cause of blindness globally. People with moderate to high myopia have an increased chance of retinal detachment, macular degeneration, and glaucoma as they age. This in conjunction with the social ramifications of having lower quality vision makes myopia control an important aspect of your child’s vision care. The goal of myopia control is to minimize the development and reduce the impact it has on your child’s life.
The younger your child begins to address the problem, the greater the success rate is. Recently eye doctors shifted from providing new glasses every year as myopia progresses to taking a more serious approach to slowing down myopia by managing the condition with certain methods. There are currently three main techniques used to manage and slow down the progression of myopia: Ortho K: Specialized Contact lenses worn at night which gently reshape the eye, atropine: low dose atropine drops, bifocal or multi-Focal contacts: specialized multifocal contacts. When your child has an appointment with our eye doctor, she will discuss which option is best for your child.
We believe that myopia management is not only about the Ortho-K lenses or the Atropine drops, it's also about helping your child change behaviors that help them naturally control myopia progression to become more confident and successful. Understanding myopia progression, why it’s happening and what you can do about it can be complicated.
Some eye doctors don’t know enough about myopia or simply prescribe new glasses each year to offer a quick fix which doesn’t work. All of this can be very confusing. That’s why we are using HOOT MYOPIA CARE to educate you the parent. We wanted to make the parent and patient experience as clear, comfortable, convenient and effective as possible. Download the QR code and start your educational journey in learning about what is best for your child.