Markham, ON

Myopia Control In Markham

How to control it

What is Myopia

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a condition where individuals can see objects up close clearly, but distant objects appear blurry. It occurs when the eyeball grows too long or the cornea is too curved, causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it. 


It is important to control myopia early because high levels of myopia can increase the risk of eye diseases, such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macular degeneration, later in life. 


By implementing myopia control measures during childhood, such as outdoor time, visual habits, and specialized treatments, it is possible to slow down the progression of myopia and potentially reduce the associated risks and long-term complications.



Controlling Myopia​

Myopia control refers to various methods and interventions aimed at slowing down the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children and adolescents. The goal is to reduce the risk of high myopia, which is associated with a higher likelihood of developing eye diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macular degeneration later in life. 


Here are some strategies to prevent and treat myopia:

Spending more time outdoors, particularly during early childhood, has been associated with a lower risk of myopia development. Encouraging children to engage in outdoor activities and regular breaks from near work, such as reading or screen time, may help prevent myopia progression.

Promoting good visual habits can be beneficial. Encouraging children to take regular breaks during near tasks, maintain proper posture, and avoid excessive screen time can help reduce eye strain and potentially slow down myopia progression.

Traditional prescription glasses correct myopia but do not slow down its progression. However, they are important for providing clear vision and should be worn as prescribed to prevent eye strain and associated symptoms. More recently, specialty prescription lenses for glasses have shown some benefit in controlling myopia

Specialized contact lenses, such as soft contact lenses or orthokeratology (Ortho-K) lenses, can be used for myopia control. These lenses alter the way light focuses on the retina, which may help slow down the progression of myopia. They are usually prescribed and fitted by an eye care professional.

Atropine eye drops, at low concentrations, have been shown to effectively slow down myopia progression. They work by temporarily relaxing the focusing mechanism of the eyes. It is typically prescribed by an eye care professional and requires regular monitoring.

It is essential to consult with an eye care professional, such as an optometrist, to determine the most appropriate myopia control strategy for an individual. They can provide a comprehensive eye examination, assess the degree of myopia, and recommend the most suitable treatment options based on the individual’s age, eye health, and lifestyle factors.

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