The Myopia Epidemic

Myopia is a progressive vision disorder that can worsen over time, and can increase the chances of developing cataracts, retinal detachment or glaucoma.

WHAT IS MYOPIA?

Myopia is a vision impairment that makes focusing difficult. It causes blurry vision when looking in the distance, but near objects appear clear. It can be caused because the eye grows too long and light can’t focus on the retina.

WHO DOES IT AFFECT?

Generally, Myopia is first noticed (or diagnosed) in school age children. The eyes grow until early adulthood and onset of myopia can happen at any time, so it’s especially important for kids to be tested regularly throughout childhood.

What Causes It?

Causes include heredity (passed down by one or both parents) and not spending sufficient time outdoors. Reading and using hand-held electronic devices non-stop for hours may also contribute to developing Myopia.

SYMPTOMS TO LOOK FOR

Look for symptoms including frequent squinting, blinking or eye rubbing, headaches, being unaware of distant objects, and falling behind or poor grades in school. Remember, a comprehensive exam given by an eyecare professional is the best way to detect Myopia.

A Rapid Rise

Right now, 42% of the population has Myopia and its prevalence is growing fast. The diagnosis in American kids has doubled in just one generation. Researchers predict that by 2050, 50% of the population will be myopic — almost 60 million kids under 17.

THE 20/20/20 RULE

Relaxing your eyes daily is one way to ease eyestrain. Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds.

DON’T GO UNTREATED

The key to good eye health is consistent checkups with a qualified eyecare professional, like MyEyeDr.