Have you noticed your child squinting while looking at something a few feet away? Have they been sitting closer to the TV or computer? Are they complaining that faraway objects look blurry?
If your child is exhibiting any of these symptoms, they could have myopia (nearsightedness). If they do, myopia management can help. Contact Cornea and Contact Institute of Minnesota in Edina today to learn how myopia can be managed.
What is Myopia?
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that affects millions of people around the world. It occurs when the eyeball grows too long, which causes the light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. The result is blurry distance vision.
What's the Genetic Connection?
Approximately 80 million children are reported to be myopic worldwide. Research has shown that myopia has a genetic component, with children of myopic parents having a higher risk of developing the condition. Moreover, high (severe) myopia, which often runs in families, is associated with potentially blinding complications such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, and myopic macular degeneration.
Myopia management is a customized treatment program aimed at slowing or even halting your child’s myopia.
If you have a family history of myopia, inform your child’s eye doctor so they can monitor your child for signs of being nearsighted. If your child is already nearsighted, you may want to consider myopia management before the condition worsens. The sooner myopia is identified and treated, the lower the risk of eye problems later on.
At Cornea and Contact Institute of Minnesota in Edina we offer comprehensive eye exams and myopia management treatments to help prevent the progression of your child’s myopia. Contact us today!
Our practice serves patients from Edina, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and Excelsior, Minnesota and surrounding communities.