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Understanding Myopia Progression in Children: Factors, Risks, and How We Can Help

Are you a parent who has noticed your child squinting or struggling to see distant objects? If you're seeking to learn more about myopia, also known as nearsightedness, you've come to the right place. We understand your concerns, and we're here to provide you with valuable information and guidance.

Below, we'll delve into the factors that contribute to myopia progression, the associated risks for your child's vision, and how we can provide the necessary support to manage and prevent myopia at i2iOptometry. Our goal is to provide helpful information and practical solutions to safeguard your child's eye health.

Factors Contributing to Myopia Progression in Children

  • Genetic Predisposition - just like many traits, myopia can be inherited. If you or your partner has myopia, your child is more likely to develop it too.
  • Environmental Influences - modern lifestyles often involve prolonged near-work activities like reading and using digital devices, which can contribute to myopia progression in children. Feel free to call us to discuss practical ways to balance their near-work time for better eye health.
  • Lack of Outdoor Time - studies have suggested a link between spending more time outdoors and a reduced risk of myopia progression in children. Natural daylight and distant-focused activities may play a protective role in preventing myopia.

Risks Associated with Childhood Myopia

  1. Retinal Detachment - as the condition known as high myopia increases, it may cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye, potentially leading to vision loss if not treated promptly.
  2. Myopic Maculopathy - progression of myopia can cause changes in the macula, leading to irreversible vision loss and difficulty seeing fine details.
  3. Reduced Quality of Life - myopia can impact daily activities, academic performance, and participation in sports or outdoor activities, affecting your child's overall well-being.
  4. Increased Prescription Strength - myopia progression may result in the need for frequent changes in glasses or contact lens prescriptions, potentially limiting eyewear options and requiring more frequent updates.

Myopia Management at i2iOptometry

Comprehensive Eye Exams

Our experienced optometrists have experience and expertise in pediatric eye care. We'll conduct thorough eye exams to assess your child's vision, monitor myopia progression, and detect any potential issues early on, reducing the chances of complications and worse symptoms down the line.

Orthokeratology (Ortho K)

Ortho K is a non-surgical approach that uses specially designed contact lenses to gently reshape the cornea while your child sleeps. These lenses temporarily correct myopia and allow your child to experience clear vision during the day without needing glasses or contact lenses. We will guide you through the fitting process and provide ongoing monitoring to ensure optimal results.

Personalized Treatment Options

We offer other treatment strategies designed to slow down myopia progression in children, including:

  • Multifocal Contact lenses
  • Low-dose atropine drops
  • Lifestyle changes, etc.

Our team will provide personalized and practical tips on treatments to help reduce myopia progression in your child.

Schedule An Eye Exam Appointment in Laguna Beach Today

At i2iOptometry, we support you every step of the way, offering comprehensive eye exams and personalized treatment options to protect your child's vision. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.

We proudly serve families in Laguna Beach, Irvine, Tustin, Costa Mesa, California, and the surrounding communities.