A Growing Issue
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.
- It is expected that over half of the world’s population will have myopia by 2050.
- Myopia has become more prevalent due to societal changes in recreation, education, and digital device use.
- The risk of developing myopia is decreased by exposure to sunlight and time spent outdoors and increased by close-up activities and a family history of myopia.
The following are some of the potential consequences experienced as a result of progressively high myopia.
- Retinal detachment
- Myopic maculopathy
Tips for Myopia Prevention:
- Schedule regular eye exams
- Get outside
- Limit/manage time on close-up activities
- Get adequate sleep