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Myopia Management For Kids

Myopia is a condition where the overall length of the eye is longer than average (increased axial length).

A common symptom of increased axial length is “near sightedness” where a child may see well up close but not well in the distance. Childhood myopia is concerning because axial length and distance blur will increase without the proper intervention. Over the past decade, mountains of research have shown detecting and treating Myopia with an optometrist trained in myopia management EARLY ON gives your child the best prognosis in adulthood.

The World Health Organization has reported that Myopia is reaching epidemic proportions. The WHO goes on to report that Myopia not only results in vision impairment but can lead to forms of glaucoma, retinal problems and permanent, uncorrectable vision loss.

In the USA 42% of the population has myopia. Between the 1970s and 2000s there has been a 66% increase in Myopia. Myopia can arise for many reasons. If both parents are nearsighted, there is a very good chance their children will be nearsighted as well. Myopia can have a genetic link.

The most recent research has show that there are a number of treatments beyond eyeglasses which can help young children see their best and REDUCE the amount of myopia that they will develop in their lifetime.

Treatments Include

  • An accurate pair of prescription glasses – Annual exams are advised at a minimum.
  • BiFocal Eyeglasses have been shown to reduce the progression of myopia.
  • BiFocal Contact lenses can help as well.
  • Orthokeratology with a trained specialist can reduce or eliminate a dependance on eyeglasses without surgery.
  • Low dose Atropine eyedrops are effective in the right patient.

What can parents/guardians do NOW to help their children?

  • A complete eye exam with dilation between Kindergarten and First grade. Even if the child has no symptoms. Most kids will not know that they need glasses.
  • If Eyeglasses are prescribed, wear them! Get annual eye exams to be sure the prescription is current.
  • DRAMATICALLY Reduce screen time & device time.
  • Get Outside! Between 1 and 1.5 hours Outside Playing everyday can reduce a child’s risk of developing myopia by 50%
While we cannot undo what has already been done, recent studies prove early intervention will slow or stop the progression of myopia. This is important, as myopia seriously impacts eye health in adulthood. Find out your Child’s risk here: https://treehouseeyes.com/what-is-my-childs-risk/

Tacoma Eye at Westgate is a Treehouse eyes provider. Treehouse eyes is the national leader in Myopia Treatment: https://treehouseeyes.com/why-myopia-matters/

Our office has the only area myopia treatment center (MTC) dedicated to helping persons of all ages. At Tacoma Eye at Westgate, we are here to manage your child’s myopia.

We recommend annual eye exams from age 5 on up through highschool. Call 253-214-9708 to schedule your child’s eye exam today. If your child already wears glasses, request an assessment to see if they are a candidate for myopia treatment at Tacoma Eye at Westgate.

Request an appointment here: https://tacoma-eye.com/make-an-appointment/