THE KEY TO TREATMENT
Childhood myopia rates are increasing, with 1 in 3 children now affected. Multiple studies show myopia becoming much more common in children, showing up at earlier ages and progressing more rapidly. Many researchers believe reduced outdoor time and increased screen time on devices are part of the problem. Myopia often leads to struggles in school and activities for your child due to poor vision, as well as increased eye disease risks.
Higher levels of myopia significantly increase your child’s risks for serious eye diseases, like retinal disease and glaucoma. Early intervention is key to slow or even stop the progression of myopia in your child. There are now non-surgical treatments to improve your child’s vision and reduce their long-term eye health risks associated with myopia.
Dangers of Myopia
- Researchers now know there is more to worry about with myopic eyes than the inconvenience of ever-thickening lenses.
- Myopic patients are more vulnerable to a range of sight-threatening diseases and complications.
- Myopia is the sixth leading cause of blindness.
- More than 50 percent of retinal detachments not related to trauma are associated with myopia.
- Other myopia risks include glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
- Patients with mild myopia have a four-fold increase in the risk of retinal detachment.
- For those with moderate to severe myopia, the risk increases 10 times.
Myopia Can Be Managed
The dangers of myopia, in conjunction with the normal challenges of subpar vision, mean it is important for parents of myopic children to manage the condition as part of your child’s eye health. The goal of myopia management is to slow the progression of myopia and reduce its impact on your child’s life. The younger myopia management begins, the more effective the treatment.
We are excited at VisionQuest Eyecare to provide children’s myopia management service in partnership with Treehouse Eyes®, the country’s leading myopia management service. The revolutionary system, designed to treat your child’s myopia and significantly reduce the threat of more serious eye diseases, is one of the most important innovations since glasses were first prescribed hundreds of years ago!
A SUCCESS STORY: FREE FROM GLASSES
Learn about her journey as she shares her story of being free from glasses after her Treehouse Eyes® treatment for myopia.
HOW COVID-19 IS IMPACTING CHILDREN'S EYES
An increase of screen time and virtual learning can have a harmful effect on young eyes. Dr. Christopher Browning of VisionQuest Eyecare tells Fox 59 in Indianapolis the most common vision issue among children and young adults is "myopia." He explains what that is and how Covid-19 is having an impact.
Childhood myopia rates are increasing, with 1 in 3 children now affected.
Half of the parents reported their children spent more than four hours using electronic devices each day during the pandemic, compared to 18 percent of parents reporting the same behavior prior to the pandemic.
Parents are doing whatever they can to help their children successfully transition to the next academic grade.
Both organizations now recommend children play outdoors more to delay the onset of myopia and to support proactive treatment.
It's been shown that higher myopia is associated with a greater risk of eye disease.
Often referred to as nearsightedness, it is an eye disease in which the eye elongates more than it should. Essentially, your child’s eye is growing too long.
These facts may inspire you to be more proactive about your child’s eye health and long-term vision.
Myopic children are at a higher risk of developing sight-threatening diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration later in life.
The drastic increase in indoor and screen time associated with virtual classrooms is taking a toll on children’s eyes, resulting in what optometrists are calling "quarantine myopia".
The risks of developing adverse reactions to contact lens wear among children proved to be the same as in adults.
As the child's eyes grow, stretching forces likely cause eye diseases that are linked to myopia.
Studies show that children who spend time playing outdoors experience less myopia progression than those who stay indoors.
The lenses provide the child with crisp and clear vision while also slowing the eye’s elongation.
Over the last decade, innovation in eye care research and development has given us several new ways to treat myopia in children.
Patch.com featured a post by Dr. Browning on the value of Myopia Management for Children.
We should no longer just accept progressive myopia as a fact for our kids.
The dramatic rise in childhood myopia (blurry distance vision) in recent years has driven robust discussion over the cause.