A new study just published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) confirms what we have been seeing in our practice. Kids spending more time indoors and virtually learning due to the pandemic are driving up myopia rates. We know that excess indoor time and near work, like computer or smartphone use, increases the risk of myopia in children and this study of over 100,000 children confirmed “the prevalence of myopia increased 1.4 to 3 times in 2020 compared with the previous 5 years.”
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long and results in blurry distance vision. While glasses or contact lenses help a child see clearly, they don’t treat the disease of myopia so it usually gets worse until a child stops growing. This means not only stronger glasses, but also an increased risk of serious eye diseases in their lifetime due to higher myopia.
We recommend kids get outdoors at least 2 hours a day, which is proven to help reduce the onset of myopia and may help slow the progression in children that are already myopic. While this can be difficult, it is particularly important for children that have one or more parents who are also myopic.
There are now treatments that can slow down, or even stop, the progression of childhood myopia. Our office specializes in these treatments and has invested in specialized diagnostic equipment and clinical training to provide customized treatment options.
Book a myopia consultation for your child today at https://www.4patientcare.ws/v5dn/ws/wsv3p.aspx?CoverKey=3747&V4Scenario=1&Source=website&ReferredBy=website. We will do a comprehensive assessment to see if your child is a candidate for myopia treatment and recommend a customized treatment plan to help them.