Myopia is primarily diagnosed in school aged children. Currently, 1 in 5 children in Canada ARE MYOPIC.
Myopia is 2x times as bigger of a problem as obesity. 50% of the world’s population will be myopic by 2050.
As professionals, and parents we want to slow the onset of myopia in our children. In the cases that it is present, we want to slow it down. It is a more than just a number in your glasses or contact lenses prescription.
Myopia increases risk for eye disease.
The prevalence of myopia and high myopia are increasing globally at an alarming rate, with significant increases in the risk for vision impairment. In particular there is concerns about myopic macular degeneration, and retinal detachment.
For every one diopter of increased myopia, the risk for developing myopic macular degeneration or loss of vision by 67%. If you’re under -3.00 myopia, the risk is 20x and this risk is 40x if the myopia is greater than -6.00 myopia.
If your child is under -3.00 myopia, the risk is 10x for retinal detachment, if your child is more than-6.00, than it is 20x.
Learn more about Binocular Vision.
Book your binocular vision exam and myopia control appointment today.
Our doctors will discuss the option that’s most suitable for your child and your family.
What puts your child at risk?
1. UNSTABLE BINOCULAR VISION
An unstable binocular vision is a risk factor for early onset of myopia and myopia progression. Your binocular vision can be examined by booking a binocular vision appointment with Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates.
2. MYOPIC PARENTS
There is a 25% chance that a child will develop myopia if one PARENT IS MYOPIC.
The number jumps to 50% if both are myopic.
3. INCREASED SCREEN TIME
There is a link between increased screen time and reduced outdoor time.
School-aged children who spend 7+ hours per week or more using computers or mobile video games TRIPLE THEIR RISK for myopia.
4. LESS TIME SPENT OUTDOORS
Studies show a deficiency in natural sunlight exposure could contribute to the recent increase in myopia.
5. LEVEL OF EDUCATION
Myopia progresses well into the late teens and even beyond this if you are in POST GRADUATE student.
Specialty Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses +
Spectacle lenses or contact lenses may be the right choice for you and your family. It is a non-invasive, safe, and effective option for younger children. DIMMS technology has been proven to slow down 60% of myopic progression.
Atropine Use +
Low-dose atropine eye drops are another form of myopia control for children, recommended by Dr. Pink Sidhu and Associates. These drops are administered to your child on a daily basis to reduce eye strain and slow the progression of myopia. The drops temporarily reduce the eye’s ability to focus at near, relaxing the eyes and controlling myopia. This is a prescription item and dispensed at a compounding pharmacy.
Ortho-K is a type of nearsightedness control for kids where they hard lenses overnight to change the shape of the eye. This lens serves as a night time brace. The corneal reshaping will reduce the myopia and allow for daytime freedom form any glasses or contacts.