Corktown Eye Care Myopia Control Center In Downtown Toronto, Ontario
Does Your Nearsighted Child Need a Stronger Vision Prescription Yearly?
Speak with our Toronto myopia specialist for treatment
Myopia, better known as nearsightedness, is a common vision condition among kids. Typically, nearsightedness is corrected easily with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. And when your child’s annual eye exam detects the need for a higher prescription, you’ll need to buy new eyewear to match it.
Children complain about having to wear glasses, and parents complain about the nuisance and expense of constantly buying new glasses or contacts. However, the problem with myopia is actually much bigger than those complaints. When myopia worsens continually, it can pose serious health problems for your child’s future vision. Your child’s risk of developing eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts, is increased by myopia.
At Corktown Eyecare, our Toronto myopia specialist provides effective treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or slowing the rate of deterioration of nearsightedness, we can help reduce the long-term risks to your child’s vision. We want your child to clearly see and enjoy the beauty of their world for as long as possible!
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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