Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, refers to the inability to see objects or images clearly unless they’re situated close to your eyes. Myopia is a very common condition. In fact, it’s one of the most frequently diagnosed eye conditions, particularly among children and younger adults.
Myopia is more than just an inconvenience, however. It can also pose a serious threat to a person’s long-term vision. If not properly addressed, myopia can eventually lead to the development of optical diseases later in life, including retinal detachment, macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Thankfully, the myopia management services at Mercer Island Family Eye Care can help!
What is myopia?
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back. This causes light to focus in front of the retina rather than directly onto it. For individuals with nearsightedness, distant objects will appear blurry while nearby objects will be clear.
Myopia typically develops during the childhood years, as this is when the eyeballs tend to experience rapid growth. As time goes by, the condition will usually continue to progress through the late teen years, sometimes gradually, other times rapidly. Fortunately, myopia can be corrected through the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses.
What is myopia management?
Managing myopia involves a series of treatments designed to slow the condition’s rate of progression. This is done by inducing changes to the structure of the eye. Treatment can also help to alleviate the stress and fatigue that is often experienced by those suffering from myopia.
Mercer Island Family Eye Care currently offers customized treatment strategies for patients who have been diagnosed with myopia. Our experienced doctors will work closely with you to develop a treatment plan that is designed to address you or your child’s unique needs.
Once a plan is in place, we will continue to monitor and measure progress every 6-12 months to ensure maximum efficacy. Any changes we deem necessary will be implemented accordingly.
Contact Mercer Island Family Eye Care today and see how myopia management can help your child experience clearer, sharper vision and a better quality of life.
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