Myopia (nearsightedness) causes people to see close objects more clearly than distant ones.
About 45% of Americans are myopic (nearsighted) — up from 25% in 1971.
Researchers theorize the main culprits for this rapid increase are the frequent use of digital devices that requires “up close” vision, and the decrease in outdoor play, which strengthens farsighted vision during childhood development.
Although it is quite common for children to be myopic, it can be concerning if the degree of a child’s myopia is quickly progressing — requiring frequent changes to a lens prescription.
Our doctors are well versed in “myopia control” — treatment options that can be used to slow down myopic progression. For more information about our program and treatment options, please visit https://www.southerndutchesseye.com/myopia-control/.