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Myopia (nearsightedness) is getting worse all over the world. Many studies have been done in the last 10 years to find out why. This site is about treating children and young adults to keep their nearsightedness from getting worse.
Most children have normal eyesight around six years old. At this point, some start to become nearsighted, resulting in blurred distance vision. The goal is to provide treatments as early as possible.
Here is a summary of what can be done: (See the menus for details.)
- Spend more time outdoors. We don't know why exactly - it may be the sun, it may be focusing on distant objects or some other factor. The fact we have for now is that outdoor time helps more than a little.
- Diet may be important. Read about it.
- Your child needs an eye exam every year starting at age five. (Check-ups before then.) The goal is to actively start treatment within a few months of myopia starting. In general, you can slow or stop it, you can't make it better. Vision levels for life are starting early.
- Prescription Lenses
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) contact lenses worn only at night are powerful in their ability to control myopia and they free the wearer of any type of lenses during the day. See OrthoKDoctors.com for extensive info. See Ortho-K defined on this web site.
- Bifocal type soft lenses worn only during the day are likely also powerful, but the research is not as extensive yet.
- Different types of special glasses slow myopia around 30 percent.
Fill out the history questionnaire. Take it to a doctor offering these services.
Start early - changes often happen fast. Don't accept glasses without being given options.
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