Myopia control refers to various techniques and treatments designed to slow down the progression of myopia, also known as nearsightedness. Myopia is a common vision condition where distant objects appear blurry, and it typically begins during childhood and can progress throughout the teenage years. Our team is familiar with myopia at Atlanta Eye Care & Spa in Pompano Beach, FL.
Slowing myopia progression is essential because high levels of myopia are associated with an increased risk of eye conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachment. Our myopic patients range from pediatric ages to seniors who may be experiencing myopia for the very first time. Several factors contribute to myopia, including:
Genetic predisposition is the largest contributing factor to myopic development. Myopia happens due to an irregular shape of the cornea, lens, or length of the eyeball. These things can be commonly passed down through a familial line. For similar reasons, certain ethnicities have a higher prevalence of myopia than others.
Lack of Outdoor Time
Studies show a correlation between myopia and children who don't spend significant time outdoors. As such, one-way parents can help control myopia's acceleration is with routine pediatric eye exams and ensuring kids spend more time under the sun.
Excessive Close-up Tasks
Prolonged periods of completing up-close activities can also contribute to the development and acceleration of myopia. This progression can lead to eye strain that may eventually reshape parts of the eye, changing how the eye refracts light.
Seniors will commonly develop myopia for several reasons that include underlying health conditions like diabetes as well as a natural byproduct of eye aging.
Routine Eye Exams
If you have myopia and worry that it may get worse, our team can help. The first and most important thing to do is schedule regular eye exams with our local doctor. Regular eye exams will help monitor the progression and ensure that our optometrist can get you the best advice to manage your requirements and get you the best myopia treatment, whether orthokeratology lenses or lifestyle changes.
Contact Our Pompano Beach Eye Doctor Office to Learn More
Myopia control is an evolving field, and ongoing research is aimed at improving the effectiveness and safety of these treatments. If you have concerns about your child's myopia or are interested in myopia control options, consult an eye care professional for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized recommendations.
Give our friendly team at Atlanta Eye Care & Spa in Pompano Beach, FL, a call today to learn more about your options, including orthokeratology lenses. Let's get you on the way to a better eyesight future by calling (954) 946-3939.