Given the rapid increase in childhood myopia being seen in the U.S., the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their guidance on managing myopia in children.
Most parents are aware of the many benefits associated with children taking part in outdoor activities. The obvious benefits of fresh air and physical exercise aren’t the only perks for kids who play outdoors. Recent research shows that increased “sun time” can actually slow down the progression of myopia (often referred to as nearsightedness), or even postpone its onset!
The drastic increase in the number of children diagnosed with myopia during the past decade is astonishing — but is it surprising? Not really. When you analyze the causes of myopia, it becomes clear why more and more children are becoming affected by this progressive eye disease.
As time goes on, chances are you probably know someone who has myopia - whether your child, a friend, family member or yourself. But how much do you really know about this eye disease? Some parents expect that simply receiving a pair of glasses for their child is the only way of dealing with the effects of myopia. In truth, there’s much more to myopia and what you can do about it than meets the eye.
Cataracts typically appear when you are in your 40s or 50s, even though they may not affect your vision much later. They also occur at birth or may develop due to infections that occurred during pregnancy. Being the world’s leading cause of blindness, it is essential to recognize its treatment and diagnosis.
Orthokeratology is a revolutionary new treatment for myopia and some other refractive eye conditions. It is also known as ortho-k and is gaining in popularity among people who are looking to enjoy clear vision without using glasses or contact lenses, and who aren’t able to undergo laser vision correction or simply don’t want to. Although highly successful and widely available, ortho-k isn’t necessarily the most suitable solution for every patient. Here’s what you need to know about this treatment and what makes someone a good candidate for orthokeratology.
Babies do not come into this world with fully formed eyesight. They gradually learn to see over time as their brains continue to develop in the first two years of life. Pathways between their eyes and brain form as they grow and develop. Both eyes need to develop properly for the process to proceed smoothly. In case of any interference of vision, such as blurry vision or need for eyeglasses, there will be no stimulation of the pathways to the brain.
Glaucoma is a disease that affects the optic nerve. It has no cure and can cause blindness if left untreated. When the condition is detected early, eye doctors can manage the condition with a host of different treatment options, including eye drops, oral medications, and even surgery.