Myopia (Nearsightedness) is Becoming More Common

If you, or your child, are nearsighted you are not alone. Myopia is a common eye condition that is a growing in both frequency and severity. In fact, in the early 1970s, only 25% of people were nearsighted… that number is now 40%. Growing more rapidly in school-age children, cases of myopia are projected by some experts to rise to 58% in the 2050s. 

The good news is that myopia is manageable! Innovative Eye Care offers the innovative Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program that features MiSight® 1-day contact lenses that not only correct vision but help children live a fuller life, leading to a brighter future. You can learn more about about the program by downloading the brochure at the button below. 

What is Myopia?

Myopia is a common eye condition that causes nearsightedness (the inability to see objects clearly at a distance). The eye becomes longer as the child grows, causing objects to appear blurry in the distance.

There are two main factors that myopia has been linked to. As you have probably guessed, a big factor in this alarming escalation in cases of nearsightedness, is change in lifestyle. 

Genetics: Children with one or more parent with myopia are more likely to have myopia. 

Lifestyle: Children who spend more time using handheld devices or reading, are more likely to have myopia than children their age who spend more time outdoors. 

If left untreated, myopia can lead to more serious conditions, like retinal detachment, glaucoma, myopic maculopathy, or cataracts. So, it’s important to see your eye doctor regularly and have a myopia control plan in place. While MiSight® 1-day contact lenses are the right choice for most parents, Dr. Copeland will discuss your options with you so that together we can find the optimal control method for your child. 

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Let's Get Your Child's Nearsightedness Under Control

As with most things, the sooner you are aware of an issue and can begin addressing it, the better. If your child is having trouble seeing objects far away, they probably have myopia, and left uncontrolled, it will have an effect on their quality of life. We have helped school-age children find confidence, get better grades, and perform better in sports. Let us show you how our innovative myopia control programs like MiSight® 1-day contact lenses have helped change lives.