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Myopia: A Growing Concern for Children

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is on the rise. Across the world, more and more children and youth are developing myopia at an earlier age. 

The complications of myopia span beyond the need for distance vision correction. If not properly managed, myopia can cause severe complications, including an increased risk of secondary eye diseases.

We can help detect the signs of myopia and offer several strategies to help manage its development. The first step, though, is bringing your child to us for an eye exam.

Schedule their next eye exam with the MEye Health team today.

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What You Should Know About Myopia

By 2050, it is projected that over half of the global population will develop from myopia. This increase in prevalence can be attributed to societal changes in recreation, education, and the extensive use of digital devices. 

Spending more time outdoors and being exposed to sunlight decreases the likelihood, while engaging in close-up activities and having a family history of myopia may increase the risk.

The Risk of High Myopia

High myopia can increase the risk of experiencing or developing:

  • Retinal detachment
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Myopic maculopathy

To manage myopia progression, it’s important to schedule regular eye exams to monitor your child’s eye health and detect any potential issues early on. 

Additionally, spending time outdoors can help reduce the risk of myopia development. It is also crucial to limit and manage the time spent on close-up activities such as reading or using electronic devices.

Managing Myopia Progression

When your child has been told that they have myopia or nearsightedness, we can offer a variety of myopia progression techniques.

MEye Health is focused on helping your child to maintain their visual and ocular well-being. We know the risks and take precautions to help manage myopia progression.

Spectacle lenses are commonly prescribed to children with myopia to help manage its progression. These lenses work by using peripheral defocusing, a technique that slightly blurs peripheral vision. 

This peripheral defocusing effect has been found to slow down the elongation of the eyeball, which is a major factor in myopia development.

Contact lenses are another option for managing myopia progression in children. Similar to spectacle lenses, contact lenses can utilize peripheral defocusing to help slow down the elongation of the eyeball. 

By creating a peripheral blur, these lenses send signals to the eye that help manage myopia progression.

Atropine eye drops have been increasingly used as a treatment option to manage myopia progression in children. 

Atropine is a medication that temporarily dilates the pupil and relaxes the focusing muscles of the eye. By doing so, atropine eye drops help reduce the eye’s focusing effort, which has been associated with myopia progression. 

We’re Here to Help Preserve Your Child’s Visual Clarity

Book your child’s eye exam now to provide them with the necessary support in preserving their clear vision and promoting healthy eyes. Let’s work together to help manage your child’s myopia control needs.

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Conveniently located west of Walker’s Line on the north side of Harvester near Tim Horton’s.

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  • 3455 Harvester Rd., Unit 28
  • Burlington, ON L7N 3P2

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