Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is becoming increasingly common around the world. Children, in particular, are developing this condition earlier than their parents and grandparents.
Luckily, myopia can be easily corrected using glasses and contact lenses. For more information about myopia, please book an appointment with us.
Myopia is a refractive error that impacts your distance vision and typically manifests during childhood. Like other refractive errors, the cause of myopia is rooted in the shape of your eye. If the eye is too long, or the surface of your eye is too steep, it shifts your focal point in front of your retina, instead of on it, causing blurry distance vision. Myopia becomes progressively worse over time.
While genetics plays a significant role in the development of myopia, research suggests that near activities, such as increased screen time, may play a role as well. Some research suggests that spending time outdoors, especially during early childhood, can slow the progression of myopia.
Myopia progression can be easily controlled using progressive lenses or multifocal contact lenses. Both of these forms of myopia correction can provide children with clear, crisp distance vision, allowing them to smoothly transition their gaze from distance to close up and vice versa with less eye strain.
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