Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the most common vision problem in children, affecting at least one-third of all children and teens. The doctors at Bronx Eye Associates closely monitor children with myopia because the condition worsens as they grow up, increasing their risk for severe nearsightedness or eye disease. Customized treatment to slow myopia progression, called myopia control, is available. To learn more or schedule an appointment, use online booking or call the office in the Bronx in New York City.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive vision error in which you can clearly see close objects, but your distance vision is blurry.
Myopia develops when the eyeball is too long, the cornea or lens don’t focus light properly, or any combination of these factors.
Myopia progressively worsens as your child’s eyes grow and become longer. In simple or non-pathologic myopia, vision typically worsens through childhood and adolescent growth spurts, then stabilizes in young adulthood.
Moderate to high myopia, called degenerative or pathologic myopia, progresses at a faster pace. It also increases your child’s risk of developing eye problems that lead to vision loss, such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts.
Your doctor at Bronx Eye Associates prescribes eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct nearsightedness. However, slowing down or preventing myopia progression requires different treatment.
These are a few options for myopia control:
If your child is diagnosed with myopia, call Bronx Eye Associates or book an appointment online to get help with myopia control.