Myopia (Nearsighted) Management Clinic
Myopia or nearsightedness is a condition where the eye grows too long for its optical power. The incidence of myopia is on the rise more than doubling in the American population ages of 12 - 54 to approximately 40% in the last 30 years (Vitale et al, 2009). In some Asian countries, the incidence of nearsightedness is approaching 80-90% before individuals reach adulthood (Lin et al, 2004; Jung et al, 2012). By the year 2050, there could be as many as 5 billion individuals worldwide, or approximately 50% of the population, that suffer from myopia with a billion suffering from myopic eye diseases (Holden et al, 2015). As myopia increases, so does the risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, myopic macular degeneration, and retinal detachments. Recent research has revealed viable treatment options available that may allow management of worsening myopia.
Is myopia management right for my child?
If your child has some of the following conditions a visit to the Myopia Management Clinic may be right
- Development of myopia prior to the age of 10
- An increase in glasses or contact lens prescription of equal or more than 1.00 diopter in one year or less
- A small amount of hyperopia (farsightedness) present at a young age (5-7 y.o.)
- One or both parents are myopic
Treatment options available
- Specific designed multifocal glasses
- Specific designed disposable contact lenses like the NaturalVue contact lenses
- Low dose atropine usage
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To see if your child may be at risk for myopia take this quick assessment. To schedule an appointment with the Myopia Management Clinic at First Eye Care McKinney request an appointment above or phone (972) 540-2015.