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Is Your Child Nearsighted?

Is your child nearsighted? 

Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common vision condition in which you can see objects that are near to you clearly but objects that are father away are viewed blurry.(1)   If your child has myopia they may be having trouble seeing objects at a distance.  This maybe why they are having trouble in the classroom or affecting their sports performance.  Unfortunately, children who have a vision problem may not know it and the best option for detecting any vision issues is through a comprehension eye exam.

Recently, there has been a lot of information on how Myopia (nearsightedness) is becoming an global epidemic. In fact, a study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology, it is estimated by 2050 half of the world’s population maybe nearsighted (1).  These numbers are alarming and the time to act is now to slow down the progression of Myopia through Myopia Control Therapy.

Myopia Control Therapy is used to slow down the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children and adolescents between the ages of 6-18.  Therapy is recommended for children and adolescents whose nearsightedness worsens quickly.  The typical age when vision worsens quickly is between 8-12 years old, thus therapy is most effective when it is slowed down during these early years or earlier when myopia is just beginning.

Early detection and correction is the best way to prevent your child from this growing epidemic and we’d love to help.  If you are interested in Myopia Control Therapy or would like to schedule your child’s comprehensive eye exam, please call us 908 281-0800 to schedule a consultation/appointment.  We look forward to becoming your family’s partner in lifelong vision health and your child’s eyesight is our top priority.

Did you knot that there are other treatment options besides glasses or daytime contacts for nearsightedness?   With overnight contact lenses that are gently worn overnight (as your child sleeps) and then removed in the morning.  Your will have freedom from glasses and contacts all day long.

(1) 1998-2020 Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research (MFMER). 
(2)  Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050 American Academy of Ophthalmology