Understanding Myopia and How We Can Control It
Myopia, more commonly referred to as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition in children and adults in the United States. Early detection and control of myopia are vital for preventing significant vision issues in the future. Visiting a pediatric optometrist at Family Eye Clinic in Sherwood, North Little Rock, or Little Rock, AR, for a pediatric eye exam is critical as soon as you notice that your child is struggling to see objects at a distance. We can help manage your child’s myopia and ensure their eyes and vision remain healthy.
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia develops when your lens and cornea curve too much, and your eyeball grows from front to back. This curve results in your eyes being unable to accurately focus light that passes through them, making objects at a distance appear blurry.
Myopia is often an inherited condition, and many young people outgrow it by the time they are 20 years old. However, not everyone will outgrow their early myopia. Around 10 percent of people with myopia can develop severe issues, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or retinal detachment if they do not receive treatment. Regular visits to an eye doctor are essential for managing myopia.
Typical Symptoms of Myopia
The most common sign of myopia is blurry distance vision. Other things to look for in your child include squinting when watching television or driving for older children, holding books right up to the face, and sitting near a computer screen. Your child may also complain about not being able to see well at school if their teacher uses a blackboard or overhead projector. Contact your eye doctor if you notice these signs in your child. Prompt myopia treatments can help prevent significant vision issues.
How We Treat Myopia at Family Eye Clinic
After completing a pediatric eye exam and diagnosing myopia, your child’s optometrist will prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses, depending on their preference. Daily vision correction is the first step in effective myopia treatments. We may also prescribe eye drops or recommend that your child enroll in vision therapy. Your optometrist will help determine which option best suits your child’s visual needs and environment to protect their eyesight for the future.
Consider Family Eye Clinic When Your Child Needs a Pediatric Optometrist
Although we treat people of all ages, the optometrists at Family Eye Clinic in Sherwood, North Little Rock, and Little Rock, AR, have completed specialized training on working with pediatric patients. We know how to gain your child’s trust and cooperation, as well as explain things to them in an age-appropriate manner. Your child’s vision is precious, so call us and schedule a pediatric eye exam today at our Sherwood office at (501) 835-7800, our North Little Rock office at (501) 758-1015, or our Little Rock office at (501) 888-7533.