Myopia in children is common for those who may spend a lot of time indoors playing computer games, watching television, or reading books. This type of activity requires them to focus on nearby objects, which can lead to myopia.

Myopia usually begins between ages 5 and 10 years old

Did you know that optometrists can now help to slow down the progression of nearsightedness (myopia) in children?

“Myopia control” is the term used to describe specific treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.

Myopia control measures typically are prescribed by an eye doctor (an optometrist or an ophthalmologist).

There are four primary categories of myopia control treatments: atropine eye drops, multifocal contact lenses, myopia control glasses, and orthokeratology (ortho-k).

Myopia control is important because it may help reduce the risk of vision-threatening complications associated with high myopia later in life — including glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and even blindness.

Reduce the risk of myopia in children

One way to reduce the risk of your child developing myopia is to go outside and play! If you find your child is struggling, contact our doctors about myopia management today!