Can it be slowed down?

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.

Why does it get worse?

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.

What causes nearsightedness?

There are multiple possible causes for nearsightedness.  Some clinical studies indicate that genetics play a role and other research shows that environment affects the development of nearsightedness.

What is nearsightedness?

Nearsightedness occurs when the object that you are looking at is not focused exactly onto the back of your eye.  As a result, far away objects appear blurry.

Facts About Myopia

~ 67% increase in nearsightedness since the '70's   ~   42% of people between 12-54 are nearsighted   ~   Nearsightedness increases risk for eye diseases   ~   Increasing eyeball length causes nearsightedness   ~   Corneal reshaping slows eyeball lengthening by 55%   ~   Progression of nearsightedness can be slowed down

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