Most parents aren’t concerned about whether or not their child will go blind from being nearsighted. But the unsettling truth is that having high myopia (nearsightedness) actually makes it significantly more likely that a person will suffer from vision loss later in life.
That’s why, at Twinsburg Eye Associates, we are passionate about managing childhood myopia with evidence-based treatments that lower a child’s risk of future vision loss. Call us and schedule a myopia consultation to discover how we can help preserve your child’s healthy eyesight.
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia isn’t caused by one specific factor, rather it develops due to several factors, including genetics, environment, and lifestyle.
Individuals who are at higher risk for myopia include those with a family history of myopia, and those who spend a lot of time reading, working on computers or playing video games. Children and teenagers are also at higher risk for myopia due to the rapid growth and changes that occur during this period of life.
Can Myopia Cause Blindness or Vision Loss?
Myopia itself does not cause blindness, but it can increase the risk of developing other eye problems and diseases that can lead to vision loss. Some of these conditions include cataracts, retinal detachment, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration.
The higher a child’s myopia, the greater their risk of developing future sight-threatening diseases. This is because high myopia is associated with a more elongated eye, where the various eye structures are pulled and strained. That’s why minimizing or stopping myopia progression is crucial to a child’s eye health. Thankfully, this can be achieved with myopia management.
How Can Myopia be Treated?
At Twinsburg Eye Associates, we proudly offer myopia management treatments that help keep your child’s myopia under control.
At your child’s myopia consultation, we’ll assess every aspect of your child’s eye health and determine their most up-to-date prescription. We’ll then discuss the best treatment plan to suit your child’s eyes and lifestyle, whether that includes prescription eye drops or customized contact lenses.
Our friendly and warm optometric team will happily answer any of your questions to help you feel confident about making an accurate and informed decision.
Myopia Management at Twinsburg Eye Associates
Invest in your child’s vision and call Twinsburg Eye Associates in Twinsburg today to schedule their appointment. We look forward to greeting you in our practice!
Note: Friday is reserved for emergency appointments only.