Myopia is also known as nearsightedness and makes it difficult to see objects in the distance. Uncorrected myopia remains the most common distance vision impairment worldwide. A recent publication estimated that by 2050, half the world’s population will have myopia. Fortunately, this condition can be treated and even prevented. Our team at EyeCare Associates can help slow the progression of myopia using special contact lenses and medications.
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia can occur due to an increase in axial length of the eye or an abnormal corneal and lens curvature. There are several factors that can increase the risk of developing myopia.
- Genetics: Myopia tends to run in families. If one parent is nearsighted, a child’s risk for developing myopia is 14.9%. That risk increases to 43.6% if both parents are nearsighted.
- Increased Screen Time: Computers, tablets, and phones have become common in today’s society. Studies have shown that increased screen time can lead to increased risk of developing myopia, especially in children.
- Spending Excessive Time Indoors: Studies have shown that children who spend little time outdoors have a higher risk of having myopia than those who go outdoors often. Alternatively, it has been suggested spending time outdoors has been protective against myopia.
If you or your child have myopia or are at risk for developing myopia, our doctors at EyeCare Associates of Salina can evaluate your eyes and determine if you are a good candidate for myopia control contact lenses. Give us a call at (785) 823-7403 to schedule an appointment.