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Myopia, (near-sight): A Growing Childhood Epidemic.

Myopia, (nearsight) is a growing childhood myopia epidemic.

In these times of increased online education and entertainment, protecting children’s vision is more important than ever. Parents may not be fully aware that myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition that can lead to other serious eye diseases. These result from an abnormal elongation of the eyeball during a child’s eye development and can lead to blurring of objects viewed at a distance. Below is a new infographic that equips parents with an efficient and effective overview of the disease and next steps for protecting your child’s sight.

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Pediatric eye health is often overlooked by parents as a recent survey by the Global Myopia Awareness Coalition (GMAC) found.1 Myopia, which can cause vision impairment and even blindness.  It has doubled in children in the United States over the past 30 years2 and has been deemed as a global epidemic by the World Health Organization.3 Today, one in four parents has a child with myopia.4

This simple comprehensive infographic helps our patients to understand myopia.  Myopia is becoming more prevalent in the U.S. and around the world.  Myopia has long-term complications.  The good news is that there are treatment options.  Eyeglasses don’t prevent a child from becoming more nearsighted.  They don’t address the underlying reason why someone's  eyeglass prescription gets worse each year.  Eyeglasses simply compensate for the nearsightedness.  Eyeglasses do not “correct” the problem.

As we spend more screen time; both children that are now doing schoolwork at home during the COVID crisis, or when they are in school, or when they will ultimately be in the workforce, the problem becomes worse.

There are treatment options for myopia management that are available today:

  • Vision Therapy
  • Orthokeratology
  • Special Soft Lenses
  • Medical pharmacologic interventions

Parents, it is in your control.  The first step is scheduling an exam in our office; Family Eye Care, in Old Bridge, NJ.

“Myopia is a highly prevalent and silent disease occurring during a child’s eye development that can lead to a lifetime of poor vision. The Brien Holden Vision Institute estimates that half the world’s population could have myopia by 2050 and that 1 billion could develop high myopia, placing them at the greatest risk for the most devastating consequences related to this disease (glaucoma, cataracts, myopic maculopathy and retinal detachment),” said Raul A. Trillo, MD.  The time to act is now.”


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