Does your child have trouble making out distant objects? Has his teacher
noticed issues when he tries to read the dry erase board? If so, your
child might suffer from nearsightedness, or
myopia. As its common name indicates, individuals with nearsightedness can distinguish
images close to the eye, but have issues making out objects and words
from afar. Studies indicate, though, that multifocal lenses can decrease
the progression of myopia in children.
What causes myopia?
Myopia develops when the
eye exhibits unusual structural issues. In some children, the problem might arise if the cornea, which helps
incoming light focus at a single point, is overly curved. Other children
might have longer than average eyes. A naturally healthy eye assumes a
nearly perfectly round shape, but a longer eye makes it more difficult
for light to converge at the retina as needed for clear vision.
Why does myopia in children worsen with age?
Children with myopia tend to experience a progressive deterioration of
their vision until adulthood. The growing process characteristic of childhood
affects many bodily organs, including the eyes. As a result, the eyes
may change, making myopia worse. Once the eyes stop their growth, which
may not happen until early adulthood, the severity of a person's myopia
may begin to stabilize.
How can multifocal lenses address myopia?
Researchers are still learning about the positive effects of multifocal
lenses on the eyes of children with myopia. However, current information
indicates that when children wear multifocal lenses, which forces light
to converge directly onto the retina, it can decrease the stimulus for
eye growth. The absence of further growth can stop the progression of
myopia and give affected children the chance to enjoy clear vision earlier in life.
Why is decreasing myopia so important?
At Schaeffer Eye Center, it is our job to take care of your eyes today
and into the future. By decreasing the progression of growth in the eye,
we can help reduce the risk for specific eye conditions such as glaucoma,
macular degeneration, and retinal detachments. Populations with longer
than average eyes or high degrees of nearsightedness have a statistically
higher likelihood of developing these irreversible eye conditions.
Has your child already been diagnosed with myopia?
Schaeffer Eye Center can help them see clearly more quickly and prevent long-term eye diseases
with our multifocal contact lenses. To schedule an initial consultation
with one of our eye care experts in Birmingham, call (888) 987-2020.