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Myopia Can Increase the Risk of Significant Eye Problems 

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common refractive error that almost 30% of Canadians have. This condition typically develops in childhood and continues to worsen with age. Myopia tends to stabilize in adulthood, but your child may have to rely on heavier prescriptions due to myopia progression as they grow.

An early diagnosis can help protect your child’s vision, making regular eye exams essential for their ocular health. With help from our team at Maple Ridge Eye Care, we can help manage your child’s myopic progression. We offer several treatments in the form of eye drops, glasses, and contact lenses.

What Is Myopia?

Myopia is a common refractive error where close-up objects appear clearly and far-away images look blurry. Many people have myopia, typically developing this condition as children. When children have myopia, it may continue to progress while their eyes are still growing.

Many children with myopia do not know that they have a vision problem. You should watch for signs of this condition in your child so that you know when to book an eye exam.

Common symptoms of myopia in children include:

  • Frequent squinting
  • Sitting close to the television, digital screens, & the front of the classroom
  • Unawareness of distant objects
  • Excessive blinking
  • Frequent eye rubbing

What Causes Myopia?

Someone with myopia has differently shaped eyes: the eyeball is too long, or the cornea has too steep of a curvature. The unique shape causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of on it, causing blurry vision. 

Other factors may progress myopia development, such as: 

Myopia typically develops in childhood, progressing with age. Your child’s eyes grow as they do, and this growth can cause myopia to become more severe. When someone has more than -6.00 diopters, they have high myopia.

High myopia requires heavy prescriptions to correct. Besides poor eyesight, high myopia increases your child’s risk of several eye conditions in adulthood, including:

Myopia Control Treatments

Depending on your child’s vision needs, many myopia control treatments exist. Glasses and contact lenses are common options, and eye drops are available if your child is not comfortable with glasses or contacts yet. We can recommend the treatment options that are most effective for your child’s unique needs.

Glasses featuring defocus multiple segment (DIMS) technology, like MiyoSmart, help correct and control myopia. These lenses feature a central zone that corrects the refractive error, while many ring-shaped areas surround the central zone. The design of these lenses creates alternating focus and defocus areas for clear vision and management of myopic progression.

MiSight lenses are for correcting and controlling myopia progression in children. These daily soft contact lenses are easy to use and feature peripheral defocus technology. MiSight lenses slow eyeball elongation and may reduce myopia progression by up to 59%.

Low-dose atropine eye drops help relax the focusing mechanisms inside of the eye. These drops freeze the eye’s focusing muscles, helping slow myopia progression with minimal side effects. Atropine eye drops can slow myopic progression by almost 50%, but your child will likely still need to wear glasses or contact lenses throughout the day.

Orthokeratology lenses, or ortho-k, are specially designed lenses that temporarily reshape the cornea. Ortho-k lenses can slow myopic progression by up to 50% in 2 years.

Ortho-k lenses are worn overnight and removed in the morning. These lenses reshape the cornea as your child sleeps, allowing them to enjoy the day without the need for glasses or contacts.

Protect Your Child’s Vision

If your child has myopia, do not wait to have it treated. You can protect your child’s vision from a heavier prescription in adulthood.

OUR LOCATION

Maple Ridge Eye Care is located on the corner of Dewdney Trunk Road and 230 Street, directly across from the Tim Hortons. Parking is available in the lot directly behind our practice. If you have any questions or are having trouble finding us, please give us a call!

Exterior of Maple Ridge Eye Care located on the corner of Dewdney Trunk Road and 230 Street

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  • 23015 Dewdney Trunk Road
  • Maple Ridge, BC V2X 3K9

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