Myopia Management FAQ
Welcome to our dedicated page where we aim to answer all your questions about myopia and provide guidance on how to support your child's lifelong vision.
What is Myopia?
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that causes distant objects to appear blurred. It occurs due to the elongation of the eye, making the myopic eyes slightly longer from front to back compared to non-myopic eyes. As a result, light is focused in front of the retina instead of directly on it.
Childhood myopia carries a significant risk of developing serious sight-threatening diseases later in life. Moderate to severe myopia increases the likelihood of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and age-related macular degeneration compared to children with low or no myopia.
Myopia management treatments are designed to slow the progression of myopia and reduce the future risk of eye diseases in your child.
Still have more questions? Not a problem. Below, you'll find commonly asked questions about myopia to help you gain a better understanding of the condition and what parents can do to ensure their children have healthy vision throughout their lives.
- Does myopia management work?
Yes! Clinical trials have shown that each myopia management method used was effective in reducing the progression of myopia compared to children who only corrected their myopia with eyeglasses. On average, myopia management treatments can slow the progression of your child's myopia by 50%.
- When does myopia stop progressing?
Myopia usually stabilizes by the early-to-mid 20s. Once a person's body stops growing, their eyes generally stop elongating as well.
- Can myopia be prevented?
Currently, there is no known way to fully prevent myopia. However, certain lifestyle factors can delay the onset of myopia in children. For example, ensure your child gets ample time in sunlight each day, limit their daily screen time, and encourage frequent breaks from near activities. Consult with your optometrist to understand your child's risk factors and what you can do to support their vision.
If you have further questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to support you and your child's vision.