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What is Myopia ?

Myopia (Nearsightedness) is the most common cause of impaired vision in people under age 40 — and in recent years, its prevalence is growing at an alarming rate.

A few decades ago, only about a quarter of Americans had myopia. Today, more than 40 percent of the U.S. population is nearsighted.

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long, relative to the focusing power of the cornea and lens of the eye. This causes light rays to focus at a point in front of the retina, rather than directly on its surface.

Nearsightedness also can be caused by the cornea and/or lens being too curved for the length of the eyeball. In some cases, myopia is due to a combination of these factors.

Myopia typically begins in childhood and you may have a higher risk if your parents are nearsighted. In most cases, nearsightedness stabilizes in early adulthood but sometimes it continues to progress with age.


Myopia Symptoms And Signs

Difficulty reading road signs

Difficulty seeing distant objects clearly

Feeling fatigued while driving or playing sports

Myopia Control

With the inevitable increase in screen usage in modern society, the incidence and severity of myopia, or nearsightedness, has increased precariously over the past several decades.

Myopia is associated with ocular health risks including retinal detachment, glaucoma, and vision loss, among other vision threatening conditions. Myopia generally progresses in children, and the biggest risk factor is having at least one myopic parent.

A number of different techniques have been tried — including fitting children with bifocals, progressive lenses and gas permeable contact lenses.  Recent clinical trials showed that low-dose atropine eye drops could slow down myopia progression in school-age children, with significantly fewer side effects compared with higher concentrations.

Treatments Available

Clinically Proven Results

Fortunately, several interventions have been studied to reduce progression, ultimately decreasing these associated risks.

Atlantic Eye offers all the options that have clinical data supporting their efficacy in reducing the peripheral defocus that is closely associated with myopia progression.

1. Orthokeratology (overnight vision correction) – gas permeable lens option that gently reshapes the cornea overnight while sleeping, minimizing the need to wear any glasses or contacts the following day.

2. Atropine drops – daily-dosed eye drop option.

3. Multifocal contact lenses – contact lens option.

4. Progressive addition lenses – eye glasses option.


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