At Elite Vision Care, one of the most common vision issues we manage, especially in children, is myopia: difficulty seeing distant objects. We want to do more than only correct myopia; we want to keep it under control. That’s why we offer a range of customizable treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness — and keep vision healthy and clear for years to come.
A common eye condition often discovered in children, myopia causes distant objects to appear blurry while close objects can be seen clearly. Most often in myopic eyes, the eyeball has grown longer than normal, or the cornea is too steep. It can be genetic — but also may be caused by too much near work, not enough time outdoors, and blue light exposure from digital screens.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, has become one of the biggest vision issues in the U.S.: up to 40% more people are nearsighted today than 40 years ago!
You’d be surprised how many kids have nearsightedness and don’t even know their vision is unusual, or just don’t have the words to tell you. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to tell! Bring your child in for an eye exam if they’re:
Myopia is often discovered in children when they’re between the ages of 5 and 12, and while glasses can correct nearsightedness, the eye’s incorrect shape will usually continue to worsen over time. Extra eye exams and eyewear for prescriptions that change constantly aren’t the only concern: nearsighted eyes are at higher risk for eye diseases later in life, such as cataracts, and glaucoma.
The negative effects from uncorrected myopia also extend to quality of life, and personal and psychological development, especially with high myopia. Struggling to see the front of a classroom, a ball being passed around, or friends’ expressions can make it harder for any child to keep up.
Myopia control not only corrects nearsightedness, it can help secure a clearer, brighter, and healthier future — and a better daily life right now.
While adults may benefit from myopia control, it’s most effective when started early in life, before myopia has progressed too far or the eye has started to stabilize. Effective myopia management in children and young adults may require a combination of treatments depending on the cases and lifestyle needs — and our doctors get to know you so they can provide that personalized care with these options.