Yes. Catching myopia early helps in slowing it down. There are more options available when it is addressed earlier. Orthokeratology is one method that we use to help slow the progression of nearsightedness. Soft myopia control is another method. Medications may be an option. Nutritional and environmental considerations may play a role also. Schedule a myopia control exam today!
Myopia worsens when the back of the eyeball lengthens. Some people are genetically predisposed for the release of chemicals that causes their eyes to continue to lengthen. In others, a faulty focusing or retinal response to blurred images causes the body to release chemicals that lengthen the eye. In others, a combination of what has just been mentioned causes the increase.
There are multiple factors working in combination to cause myopia. Clinical studies indicate that genetics and environment both play a role in the development of myopia. A consensus is that there is no one "smoking gun".
Myopia is due to the excessive elongation of the back of the eye. This condition causes nearsightedness and increases the risk of sight-threatening eye diseases such as myopic maculopathy, retinal holes/tears, cataracts and glaucoma.
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