Nearsightedness: What's the Big Deal?
Myopia, more commonly know as nearsightedness, is a condition where the light entering the eye focuses in front of the retina, creating a blurred image for objects at a long distance. Objects up close are often seen clearly, so this is how this condition got its name.
Myopia is becoming much more common now than it was several years ago. The cause of this is thought to be related to the amount of time we are spending on the computer and tablets, often at close working distances.
So every time you or your child goes to the optometrist, the prescription increases and increases, and stronger glasses are needed to see clearly. Why should you care? Your child can simply get a new eyeglass or contact lens prescription. WRONG!! Nearsightedness does not come without complications!!!
As our eyes become more nearsighted, the eyeball is continuing to grow larger and larger. The problem with this is that as the eye grows, the retina (the thin layer of tissue the contains the photoreceptors (seeing cells)) gets stretched thinner and thinner. This can cause an increased risk of vision problems in the future, some with the potential to cause blindness.
According to the information on MyopiaProfile.com, a -1.00 to -3.00 myope has 3X the risk of having a retinal detachment at some point in their lifetime. This risk increases to 9X if you get in the range of -5.00 to -7.00 and as high as 44X more likely if over -7.00!!!!!
This is alarming! Bu the good news is, there is something you can do to slow down or prevent the progression of myopia. Some of the most effective options are prescription eye drops, specialized soft contact lenses, hard lenses called orthokeratology lenses or specialized eyeglass lenses. A certain combination of these may be indicated in certain cases. Book an appointment with one of our optometrists today and ask which option would be best for you or your child.
Once myopia increases, it very rarely decreases, so it is extremely important to begin treatment early if the trend of increasing nearsightedness is observed.
We look forward to seeing you in our office, and would be happy to discuss all your options, and make specific recommendations that would work best for you or your child.