What is myopia?
Myopia is commonly known as nearsightedness.
It is the refractive error that results when an imbalance of the eye structures responsible for creating an accurately positioned focal point of a faraway object causes this point to be focused in front of the retina or “nearer” to the front part of the eye instead of directly on the retina.
Myopia progression occurs as the child grows and their eyeballs lengthen. The child’s eyes can become larger and longer creating the need for stronger and stronger eyeglasses. Over the last decade, myopia has been identified as an epidemic throughout the world. In addition to the loss of distance vision, there are increased eye health risks that present as a result of having eyes that are too long. These risks include sight-threatening conditions such as glaucoma and retinal detachments.
At Solo Eye Care in Chicago we are taking measures to slow down the progression of myopia in our young patients through research-based techniques including orthokeratology (CRT), atropine eye drops and multifocal soft contact lenses.
Please give us a call to discuss an appropriate myopia management treatment plan for your child.