Myopia Control & Management

Early diagnosis and treatment
can have long term positive effects
on eye health.

Myopia is also called nearsightedness

Girl receiving myopia treatmentAt Highline Vision Center in Aurora, we have always been in the forefront of our industry when it comes to efforts to slow the progression of myopia – also called nearsightedness.  Myopia is a refractive error that causes distance vision to be blurry. Nearsightedness often occurs in childhood when the eye is still growing and will worsen over time if left untreated.

Unfortunately, nearsightedness does not only mean stronger lens prescriptions over time. When myopia is left unaddressed, it can lead to the development of severe sight-threatening conditions later in life. Complications can include retinal detachment, glaucoma, and myopic maculopathy, and even early development of cataracts. The sooner optometrists can detect myopia in a child and intervene with treatments, the better we preserve eye health.

Genetics and Lifestyle Contribute to Myopia

Outdoor play is good for vision developmentThe potential for children to develop nearsightedness increases if one or both parents are myopic. Our digital lifestyles are also contributing to the development of myopia earlier and more severely than ever before. It is predicted that by 2050, 58% of North America will be myopic.

Another trend impacting myopia is the lack of outdoor play. Increased time on computer screens, phone, video games, and other electronic devices may also increase nearsightedness. We recommend all kids spend at least two hours per day playing outdoors to reduce the potential of developing myopia.

The good news is that myopia progression usually stabilizes during early adulthood. This means early diagnosis and treatment can have long term positive effects on eye health.

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