What is Myopia?
Myopia is a vision condition where people are able to see close objects clearly, but distant objects are blurred. If the myopia is severe, it will impair near vision as well. In addition to weakening vision, it also changes the physical structure of the eye. These changes increase the risk of future eye diseases.
What is progressive myopia?
Progressive myopia that that continues to worsen year after year. This progression can lead to high myopia, which increases the risk of eye disease.
What causes myopia?
Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long. This can be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
How prevalent is myopia?
Globally, research suggests that in the year 2000, 25% of the world's population was myopic. It is predicted that by 2050, 50% of the world's population will be myopic.
Why is treating myopia with conventional glasses and contact lenses not adequate?
Conventional glasses and contact lenses do not slow down the increase of myopia. In fact, they encourage the eye to become more myopic by stimulating the growth of the eye. Moderate to high myopia increase the risk of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments, and myopic macular degeneration.
How can I tell if my child is myopic?
A comprehensive eye exam is the only sure way of determining whether your child's vision is normal. Some clues to myopia in a child are: squinting to see distant objects, difficulty reading the board at school, poor posture while reading, and lack of interest in playing outdoor games.
Can anything be done to slow down the progression of myopia?
Yes. There are non-surgical techniques that can be used to slow down the progression of myopia. At Federal Hill Eye Care, we are using these techniques to successfully slow down myopia progression in children and teenagers.