NEARSIGHTEDNESS: A REAL CHILDREN’S HEALTH CONCERN
Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common vision condition diagnosed during a basic eye exam. For those who are nearsighted, objects that are farther away appear blurry. Myopia is caused by genetics, as well as other environmental factors. For instance, staring at any object for too long can cause the eye to elongate — it’s this elongation that leads to myopia.
THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNTREATED MYOPIA
When left undiagnosed and untreated, myopia (nearsightedness) can lead to a host of complications, such as reduced ability to learn, and later in life.
– Cataracts tend to develop sooner in nearsighted eyes.
– Nearsighted people are 2 to 3 times more likely to get glaucoma.
– Myopia increases the risk of retinal detachment.
An eye care professional, can perform a simple examination to determine if the vision issues you’re experiencing are caused by myopia — and put a treatment plan in place that may prevent further complications associated with myopia.