Myopia is An Epidemic

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Myopia Resources

Myopia is the medical terminology for nearsightedness, which means you are able to see more clearly up close versus far away. Some refer to this type of vision as shortsightedness. Patients that have myopia mean their eyes are longer than average, causing the image to focus in front of the retina (back lining of the eyeball), resulting in blurred distance vision.

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Forms of Therapy

Learn about myopia treatments by downloading our document summarizing forms of therapy.
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My Kids Vision

Learn more about your child's risk factors for developing myopia (nearsightedness).
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For Parents

Learn how to help slow the progression of myopia in your child's eyes.
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Myopia Institue

Visit myopiainstitue.com to learn more about available treatment options.
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Myopia Infographics

Understanding Your Child's Myopia Downloadable PDF
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Understanding Myopia

Learn about the levels of myopia and the risks if left untreated
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Background About Myopia

  • A landmark study published in 2015 by the National Institutes of Health confirmed a startling increase in myopia among American children. The Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error (CLEERE) Study, offers an in-depth look at myopia and its increasing prevalence among children around the world.

  • Another supporting article, The Myopic Boom, examines the role that genetics, ethnicity, outdoor time and screen time have on children’s vision.

  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology discusses the effects of outdoor time on myopia in children in this article. Researchers believe spending more time outdoors may reduce a child’s risk of developing myopia. This is especially important if your family has a history of myopia (nearsightedness).

  • In 2019, a Vision Report released by the World Health Organization named the global rise in myopia as a major public health issue that requires more resources. As research develops we are going to see studies published that illustrate how the COVID-19 Pandemic has accelerated myopia worldwide. In our practice we have see a large increase in myopia, across all age groups.

Eye Health Risks Related to Myopia

  • The National Institutes of Health reports diseases linked to high myopia include glaucoma, retinal disease, and cataracts. As the eye elongates, the prescription increases, and the risk of these conditions increase significantly.

  • The biggest eye health threat linked to myopia is retinal disease. An NIH abstract summarized multiple clinical studies and concluded the threats of vision impairment and blindness will continue to increase significantly without an effort to stop the development and progression of myopia.

  • To help you understand the risk for your child, this chart produced by Review of Myopia Management demonstrates the risk of developing serious eye diseases at different levels of myopia.

Myopia Treatment – Clinical Studies

Eye Drops

The effectiveness of using prescription eye drops to treat pediatric myopia is covered in the ATOM2 study.
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Overnight Contact

A long-term study of the efficacy of overnight contact lenses for myopia treatment followed children for up to 12 years. The study found that this method was “effective in slowing myopia progression ... and demonstrated a clinically acceptable safety profile.”
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Combined Therapy

There is an impactful study that demonstrated combined therapy can be the best treatment for a child that is progressing quickly.
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Multifocal Soft Contacts

Visit myopiainstitue.com to learn more about available treatment options.
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Additional Resources

What you need to know about myopia in one helpful infographic

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What are the long-term risks of myopia in children?

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Myopia facts vs. myths – what you need to know about your child’s nearsightedness

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Myopia

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