Myopia In Children When Treated With Glasses Alone Puts Your Child At Risk For Eye Disease
Visit Sheridan Optical Centre: Your Mississauga Myopia Control Clinic
Is Your Child Short Sighted?
Myopia is being called an epidemic by many with the rate of myopia expected to double every 10-20 years. In some countries the rates of child myopia are as high as 90+ percent.
Why Is Myopia (Short Sighted) A Serious Medical Concern?
As a child with myopia grows their myopia progresses or gets worse, the worse the myopia is the higher their risk of developing dangerous eye diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and cataracts.
What is Myopia Control?
Myopia control is comprised of three primary treatment options that slow down the progression of myopia. As a child with Myopia ages their eyes become increasingly more myopic. Each method of myopia control has its pros and cons, during the eye exam our eye doctor will explain all the options.
First you should know a bit
ABOUT OUR PRACTICE
MYOPIA CONTROL IS PREVENTATIVE
Kids that have myopia control have a much lower risk of having dangerous eye diseases. Utilizing myopia control with an eye doctor that specializes in these techniques will provide extremely important preventative health care for your child.
Children who have myopia at a young age at a greatly increased risk of high myopia which has the greatest chance of causing eye disease. Your child should begin myopia control as soon as they are showing signs of myopia or even slight elongation (pre-myopia)
Myopia control techniques such as Ortho K and Multifocal Contacts improve social acceptance. Recent studies show that children greatly prefer contacts or Ortho K, and note drastic improvements in social acceptance.
Our Optometrists focus on being up to date on the latest research, techniques and methods of myopia control. Myopia control is an exciting area of Optometry today with incredible changes taking place all the time.
We look at every patient as family, and that is why we are so passionate about the importance of Myopia Control. During our myopia control eye exam we will explore all the options discussing the cost, efficacy, social impact, and age requirements.
Our focus on the patient is not just a phrase we throw around, our eye doctor and eyecare team really care about every patient that comes through our door. We listen to the feedback from our patients and are continuously seeking new ways to create a friendly and caring environment.
Myopia Control Starts with an Eye Exam
Regular comprehensive eye exams for your child at all stages of their development is extremely important to ensure a child’s vision will develop as it should and to diagnose any eye conditions that may be affecting your child. There are many eye conditions, such as strabismus and amblyopia that can be corrected easily if caught early but can do irreversible damage that will affect a child into adulthood if left undiagnosed and untreated for too long. However, one of the leading causes of ocular disease in adults that continues to progress is myopia or nearsightedness.
Myopia Control May Include:
- Atropine Drops
- Multifocal contact lenses
- Orthokeratology (“ortho-k”) or Corneal Refractive Therapy
While nearsightedness or myopia for many has been corrected through glasses or contact lenses, a modern concept has developed called Myopia Control. Myopia control is oriented to slow down or stop the progression of myopia since over the past few decades myopia has increased at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, the percentage of moderate to high myopia has grown in number and myopia control is becoming a major consideration for parents & their child’s eye health.
Levels of Myopia:
- Mild myopia: -0.25 to -3.00 D
- Moderate myopia: Between -3.00 to -6.00 D
- High myopia: More than -6.00 D
Myopia Control Lowers the Risk of Ocular Disease
- Cataracts: The rate of progression of myopia has been linked to the development of cataracts. The higher the level of myopia in a child, the faster the rate cataracts can develop when they get older.
- Glaucoma: Glaucoma is when the eye develops an unusually high pressure, where this pressure can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss. Studies have shown that nearsighted people have a 2-3x greater risk at Glaucoma.
- Detached Retina: Levels of myopia also have a correlation to detached retinas. A detached retina is when the retina pulls away from the eyes tissue, often resulting in permanent vision loss.
Myopia Control Starts with You – The Parent
Your child’s eyes are his/her gateway into the world of learning. When your child’s vision is not functioning properly, learning and participation in recreational activities will suffer. Children are not likely to recognize vision problems like myopia, and it is, therefore, the responsibility of parents and teachers to recognize signs of visual problems in their children.
Children’s Eyesight May Change, Less Often With Myopia Control
Because changes in your child’s vision can occur without you or your child noticing them, your child should visit the eye doctor every year or more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist. Myopia control attempts to reduce the number of changes that may occur in your child’s vision. With a successful myopia control program, an eye doctor can provide your child with amazing vision, track your child’s rate of myopia, and provide a clear road to healthy eyesight and a successful future.
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OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT US
Sheridan Optometric is full of special people. Dr. Mus is professional and caring. He goes out of the way with advice, follow up, referrals because he puts his patients vision care front and centre to his vocation. The office staffs are patient to train my daughter with contact lens. They looked after my son’s glasses when it did not fit his face. My eye conditions are very complex with many different eye care centre visits for many years all over the GTA. I am so glad with the eyes complexities I have Dr. Mus to walk me through it. And with all the visits across GTA-none can compare to this. Compassionate, genuine, patient, faithful than Sheridan Optometric.Thank you also to other staffs: Michelle, Dorothy, Theresa, Jenny , Joyce et all. We are very grateful to all of you.