Collierville Myopia Control Center In Collierville, Tennessee
Your Child’s Prescription Seems To Get Worse All The Time?
It’s more than an inconvenience; it’s a serious risk to your child’s vision. If your child’s prescription for nearsightedness is getting worse all the time, it’s more than an inconvenience. Myopia can be aggressive. As incidence rates of myopia drastically rise, it’s also the case that aggressive or progressive myopia is rapidly increasing too. This situation is much worse than needing stronger and stronger corrective lenses, glasses or contacts. Myopia puts your child at risk for a wide range of serious and potentially devastating eye conditions later in life. These risks include Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Retinal detachment and Glaucoma.
The more advanced the progression, the greater the risks associated with the Myopia. However, the research is now showing that any amount of myopia is dangerous.
At Collierville Myopia Control Center, we specialize in providing the greater Collierville, Tennessee area with effective, specialized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or even halting the progression of myopia, we reduce these long-term risks to best ensure that your child enjoys seeing the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.
Okay, today we are going to talk about myopia control. You’ve probably heard this term at some point in the past two or three years but basically what it means is that we’re trying to control people that are nearsighted we’re trying to keep them from getting worse so let’s define nearsightedness really quick.
So being nearsighted means that you can see pretty good up close but you can’t see very good far away and the higher your prescription is the closer you have to hold things to you. So if you’re a -2 you can hold things about arms link and see them pretty good whereas if you’re a – 10 you have to hold things really close to see them. So as you can imagine being somebody that’s nearsighted is not very fun because if you don’t have your glasses or contacts in you can’t tell who’s coming into the room, you can’t read the scores on the TV, you basically can’t function very well.
At least at a distance, without any correction, it’s not very fun and it’s not very healthy for your eyes. When you’re nearsighted your eye starts to elongate and so it gets longer and longer the more nearsighted you are and if you kind of think of your eye like one of those little balloons that clowns blow up, the further that blows up, the less stable all of that eye tissue is. The more likely it is to become damaged and you’re a lot more prone to develop macular degeneration0. The more nearsighted you are, there are a lot of other health problems that can go on with your eyes. So we have a very good reason that we want to control myopia, and luckily over the past ten years or so, they’ve done a lot of research and they’ve figured out two or three things that make a big difference.
Number one kind of falls on us eye doctors, we don’t want to put people in glasses too soon and everything else basically falls on you or the parents. One of the most important things is we know that getting outside and playing, being exposed to UV light, and just being outside and not looking at your phone or computer or playing video games, makes a very big difference. Another thing that helps is controlling the amount of sugar that you eat. If you eat too much sugar a lot of kids are pre-diabetic and that tends to make people more nearsighted as well. So if you think about it, if you have a kid that never goes outside and they sit in front of their phone or play video games all day and they eat a lot of sugary snacks, they’re probably going to become nearsighted even if their parents weren’t nearsighted.
If you can change a couple of things like that with your lifestyle you can make a pretty big difference in becoming nearsighted. But there’s a lot of other things that we can do so if you have a child that is pretty nearsighted already, and you’re trying to figure out ways that we can slow it down, and doing some of these things it doesn’t seem to be helping, you can come into the office and we can fit you in some special contact lenses. We can use some specialty drops that help with this and there’s a lot of pretty neat things that we can do. I know this has gotten kind of long but it’s a pretty important topic so if you have any questions or you’d like to know more details feel free to send me a message and thanks for watching.
Frequently Asked Questions About Myopia
Myopia, also referred to as being nearsighted, is a condition where light from objects in the distance focuses in the front of the eye instead of where it’s supposed to focus - the retina. This causes distance vision to distort and become blurry. Myopia starts in childhood and progressively deteriorates into young adulthood.
Because myopia is very often progressive, distance vision continues to get worse and worse. This means your child constantly needs an updated stronger prescription and new glasses or contacts. The progression of myopia often outpaces your child’s eye exams. Since learning is by and large visual, myopia negatively affects your child’s school performance. What’s more, the rate of progression of myopia directly correlates with the risk levels of developing vision-threatening eye diseases. Typically, myopia is broken down into these categories:
- High Myopia
- Moderate Myopia
- Low Myopia
High, moderate and low correspond to how far the myopia has progressed; in other words, how strong a prescription is needed. Therefore, the higher the rate of myopia and progression, the greater the risks to your child’s vision.
Myopic vision is caused when the eye becomes elongated and overly-curved in the front. This causes the objects we see to become blurry at a distance. In short, the signals to our eyes get distorted.
The exact cause of myopia is not entirely clear, although it seems to be a combination of genetics and environment. More and more, the evidence is pointing to two factors which seem to greatly affect incidence rates around the world: greatly reduced time outdoors and rapidly increasing time spent in front of digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets.
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