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Posted on 07-05-2017

NEARSIGHTEDNESS: A REAL CHILDREN’S HEALTH CONCERN

Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common vision condition diagnosed during a basic eye exam. For those who are nearsighted, objects that are farther away appear blurry. Myopia is caused by genetics, as well as other environmental factors. For instance, staring at any object for too long can cause the eye to elongate — it’s this elongation that leads to myopia.

THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNTREATED MYOPIA

When left undiagnosed and untreated, myopia (nearsightedness) can lead to a host of complications, such as reduced ability to learn, and later in life:2

 
  • Cataracts tend to develop sooner in nearsighted eyes.
  • Nearsighted people are 2 to 3 times more likely to get glaucoma.
  • Myopia increases the risk of retinal detachment.

An eye care professional, can perform a simple examination to determine if the vision issues you’re experiencing are caused by myopia — and put a treatment plan in place that may prevent further complications associated with myopia.

MYOPIA IS GROWING AT AN ALARMING RATE

66%

INCREASE IN MYOPIA CASES IN THE USA SINCE 19713

2.5 Billion

PEOPLE WILL BE AFFECTED BY MYOPIA BY 20204

Age 6

WHEN CHILDREN CAN START TO DEVELOP MYOPIA5

80%

OF URBAN ASIAN CHILDREN SUFFER FROM MYOPIA6

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