Myopia or nearsightedness is a growing concern for our children.
What is myopia?
Myopia is a condition, generally caused by an elongation of the eye, where a person struggles to see objects at a distance. Children may exhibit signs and symptoms including: blurry vision, squinting, excessive blinking, frequent headaches and rubbing of the eyes. The concern with myopia, especially higher degrees of myopia, is that it puts a person at an increased risk for glaucoma, retinal tears and detachments and degeneration of the eye.
We are seeing an increase in the prevalence of myopia due to increase in near work and increase in near screen time (tablets and phones).
Myopia can be contributed to a variety of causes including: genetics, reduced time outdoors, extensive near work and poor accommodative or focusing skills.
At Toronto Vision Therapy and Optometry we are dedicated to providing our patients with the most up to date technology and options for reducing the rate of myopia progression.
Treatment options can include: specialized glasses (miyosmart lenses), specialized contact lenses (MiSight), eye drops (low dose atropine), visual hygiene and vision therapy.
At your appointment your optometrist will determine the possible causes putting your child at risk for developing myopia or for having rapidly progression myopia and will use this information to help tailor an individualized treatment plan.