Over the next few decades, the number of Americans with myopia is expected to top 40 million. Myopia is a common refractive error that makes focusing on distant objects difficult.
Myopia typically begins when children are between 6 and 14 years old, then levels off in their early 20s when vision normally stabilizes. But since myopia can increase the risk of developing numerous eye issues, early diagnosis and management are vital for helping kids grow up free from its challenges.
Rancho Santa Margarita Optometry offers numerous methods of myopia control for children, including eyeglasses and contact lenses. Our eye doctors can also recommend potential solutions to correct myopia for adults.
Since the vast majority of childhood learning takes place visually, children with myopia might struggle with everyday classroom activities or school assignments. Myopia can also make it harder to play sports or cross the street safely.
All of our children’s eye exams include myopia screening. If we diagnose your child with myopia, we’ll be able to recommend effective ways to control its progress and help protect your child’s vision.
Rancho Santa Margarita Optometry can help with myopia in multiple ways. After measuring your axial length to determine the severity of your myopia, we’ll typically suggest one of the following approaches:
Laser eye surgery such as LASIK and PRK can offer long-term correction for myopia to some patients. But since laser eye surgery is not FDA-approved for people under 18, this is only an option for suitable adults.
The best way to slow myopia’s progress and reduce its associated risks is by getting diagnosed early. Contact us now to book eye exams for yourself and your whole family.