Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, refers to the inability to see objects or images clearly unless they are up close. Myopia is a very common condition. In fact, it is among the most frequently diagnosed eye conditions, particularly in children and younger adults.
Myopia presents more than just an inconvenience, however. It can also threaten one’s long-term vision. If not properly addressed, myopia can eventually lead to the development of a number of other serious optical diseases later in life, such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, glaucoma and cataracts. Thankfully, Dr. McQuillan and team can help!
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back. This causes light to focus in front of the retina rather than directly onto it. For people with myopia, distant objects will look blurry while nearby objects will be clear.
Myopia typically develops during the childhood years, which is when the eyes tend to experience the most significant growth. As time goes by, the condition will usually continue to progress and worsen, sometimes gradually, other times rapidly. Fortunately, myopia can be easily managed through the use of prescription glasses or contact lenses.
Myopia management involves a series of treatment methods designed to slow the condition’s rate of progression. This is accomplished by inducing changes to the structure of the eye. Treatment can also help to alleviate the stress and fatigue that is often experienced by myopia sufferers.
Once a personalized treatment plan is in place, Dr. McQuillan will continue to monitor and measure results every 6-12 months to ensure maximum efficacy. Any changes deemed necessary will be implemented accordingly.
Contact our office today and see how myopia management can help you or your child experience clearer, sharper vision and a better quality of life.