Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness, a vision problem that makes it hard to see images far away. By the year 2050, researchers estimate a sevenfold increase in the condition. Control of myopia is available at West Broward Eyecare Associates in Tamarac, Florida. You receive evaluation of your degree of myopia and corrective treatment for myopia control, so your vision can be clearer and sharper. Call the office or schedule an appointment online if you’re struggling to see things at a distance.
Why do some people develop myopia?
Myopia is usually caused when the eye is too long from front to back, has an overly curved cornea, or the lens is too thick. Genetics often determines whether you’ll develop myopia but environmental factors, like increased near work, tablet time and less time outdoors can also add to the progression of myopia.
If one parent has myopia, the child has a three times greater risk for being nearsighted and if both parents are myopic, the child has a 5-6 times great risk of being nearsighted.
High levels of myopia or nearsightedness can progress rapidly in the formative years and is associated with complications including:
These complications can appear as children enter adulthood.
Symptoms of myopia include seeing items close-up just fine — crystal clear, in fact — but seeing things far away as blurry and lacking in definition. You may notice your nearsightedness most at night, especially when driving at night. Strained vision can cause you to experience headaches and eyestrain.
With current treatments available the progression of myopia, if caught early, can be slowed down by 50-80%, depending on the treatment plan selected. Most myopic progression happens in our early school years between the ages of 7-14 years old. Children should have their eyes examined at 6 months old, 2 years old and every year after to monitor for the start of myopia and to intervene as soon as possible to help slow down the progression. Most kids do not know they can't see things like they should so it is important to get them evaluated early on and continue to monitor for myopia or other eye conditions that can affect their development.
The team at West Broward Eyecare specializes in myopia control and management to help slow the progression of myopia in children. It is important to keep your glasses up to date, as wearing an old, under-corrected prescription can actually cause myopia to progress more rapidly, especially in children.
Contact lens wear is safe for children. At West Broward Eyecare we make sure your child is trained on how to handle and care for their lenses so problems do not arise. Dr. Rhue began wearing contact lenses in second grade and is passionate about helping young kids see and feel their best.
West Broward Eyecare Associates was the first practice in South Florida to offer the FDA approved lenses for myopia management in kids through MiSight Contact Lenses which are FDA approved for wear between the ages of 8-12 years old.
If you or your child is nearsighted, or myopic, call West Broward Eyecare Associates for an evaluation and a treatment plan, make an appointment using the online tool.