The Myopia Management Center at Dr. Fallon Patel and Associates In Oakville, Ontario
Does Your Child’s Prescription Seem to Be Getting Progressively Worse?
It’s more than an inconvenience; it’s a serious risk to your child’s vision.
This situation is much worse than needing increasingly stronger corrective eyeglass lenses 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 myopia.
At The Myopia Management Center at Dr. Fallon Patel and Associates, we provide the greater Oakville, Ontario area with effective, specialized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By slowing down or even stopping its progression, we reduce these long-term risks to best ensure that your child enjoys seeing the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.
Frequently Asked Questions About Myopia
Myopia, also referred to as nearsightedness, is a condition where light from objects in the distance focuses the light at the front of the eye instead of at the back - the retina. This causes distance vision to become distorted and blurry. Myopia starts in childhood and progressively deteriorates into young adulthood.
Myopia tends to be progressive, which means distance vision worsens overtime, particularly between the ages of 7 and 18. This means your child requires stronger prescription and new glasses or contacts on a regular basis. It is not uncommon for myopia progression to outpace the rate of 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 myopia progression directly correlates to the risk of developing vision-threatening eye diseases, such as glaucoma and macular degeneration.
Typically, myopia is broken down into the following categories:
- High Myopia
- Moderate Myopia
- Low Myopia
High, moderate and low correspond to how severe the myopia has become; in other words, how strong a prescription is needed. Therefore, the higher the severity of myopia, the greater the risks to your child’s vision down the line.
Myopic vision results when the eye becomes elongated and overly-curved at the front. This causes distant objects to appear blurry.
The exact cause of myopia is not entirely clear, although it seems to be a combination of genetics and the environment. More and more, evidence is pointing to two factors which seem to greatly affect incidence rates around the world: greatly reduced time outdoors and increasing time spent in front of digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets.
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