Pediatric Myopia Management

Helping Children See the difference

Pediatric Myopia Management

Helping Children See the difference

What is Myopia?

Myopia, commonly called nearsightedness, is a visual condition that causes poor long-distance vision, where near objects appear clear but far-away ones are blurry.

Across the world, more people are living with myopia than ever before. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that by 2050, 50% of the world’s population will have myopia (versus 23% today).

Pediatric Myopia is on the Rise

In children, the increase is even more alarming! These same AAO studies show that the number of children developing myopia doubled from 20% in the early 1990s to 40% in 2010! And that number is expected to continue to grow.

Why the rapid increase? Experts agree that the rising rates of pediatric myopia are likely due to a lifestyle shift. We are seeing that increased screen time and not spending enough time outdoors (causing a deficiency in natural sunlight exposure) play a significant role in the development of myopia in children.

How to Know if Your Child is Experiencing Myopia

If your child exhibits any of the following signs and symptoms related to myopia, we can help:

  • Squinting or closing one eye to read
  • Holding books or electronic devices close to the face
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Needing to sit up close in the classroom
  • Rubbing eyes
  • Frequent headaches
Young child getting an eye exam by an optician using a phoropter.

Pediatric Myopia Management at Collins Vision

With good reason, many parents are concerned about their children becoming more nearsighted as they are increasingly using more digital devices for both instructional and leisure time. The worsening of nearsightedness over time is called Myopic Progression.

At Collins Vision, we are passionate about partnering with families to slow the progression of this vision-stealing condition in children. Why is it so important to stop myopic progression in children?

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As your child’s myopia increases so does their dependency on glasses.

Illustration of a football

Poor vision can affect academic performance, participation in sports and other activities.

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Progressive myopia can lead to eye health issues in the future, including an increased risk for cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration.

At Collins Vision, we are proud to be on the leading edge of treatment for Myopic Progression. Myopia Control is a type of therapy we offer our pediatric patients who are becoming more and more nearsighted at each eye exam. Dr. Jefferies has special interest and training in this area.

Dr. Dan L. Jefferies

Dan L. Jefferies, OD

Dr. Jefferies is a board-certified optometrist who has practiced in ophthalmology settings for many years right here in Southwest Florida. As a longtime Naples local, Dr. Jefferies is well-respected in the eye community and well-loved by his patients.

His experience includes post-surgical care for LASIK and cataract surgery, comprehensive vision care, including the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease and glaucoma, and the management of progressive myopia in pediatric patients. Dr. Jefferies sees patients at our Naples location.

Treatment Options Include:

ATROPINE EYE DROPS

Studies show that atropine 0.01% drops are effective in slowing myopic progression in children. This simple treatment consists of an eye drop applied daily at bedtime for one year. That’s it! Dr. Jefferies will see your child every three months to monitor for any changes.

MISIGHT 1-DAY CONTACT LENS

This easy-to-use, single-use soft contact lens is clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8-12 years old. Studies show that MiSight reduced myopia progression by 59% over three years compared to a single-use contact lens that only corrects vision.

Schedule your child’s eye exam today, and See the Difference we can make in your child’s developing vision.

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