18 Aug How myopia can change your kid’s life forever
It’s a universal truth: our eyes are precious.
Without our eyes, we cannot see, we cannot fully experience moments and memories-in-the-making, and our opportunities are limited.
Today, there is a threat to this irreplaceable gift of vision—myopia.
Myopia or nearsightedness is one of the most common refractive errors in the world today; a study even forecasted that by year 2050, half the world’s population will be myopic.
Myopia or nearsightedness is one of the most common refractive errors in the world today.
How exactly can myopia change your kid’s life forever? Here are some of the scenarios you definitely want to avoid.
- Worse eye problems. Glaucoma, retinal detachment, macular degeneration, to name a few. These dreaded eye conditions have long-term (and definitely costly) implications for your kid’s long-term vision. It can even lead to permanent blindness.
- Poor academic performance. Kids with myopia have it doubly hard in terms of focusing on class lessons. The workload—reading, computer research—can also cause further strain and aggravate the manifestations of nearsightedness.
- Limited physical activities. Glasses and regular lenses get in the way of sports such as swimming, martial arts or even running (because of fogging and tendency to fall off the eyes).
- Overall decreased confidence. There is priceless freedom in being able to pursue different activities without having to worry about your vision. As adults, myopia can also affect their productivity at work as well as their social relationships.
As parents, our goal is always to support our children in whatever path they pursue and part of this is helping ensure that they are fully empowered to face life’s challenges and opportunities. Empowering them in the fight against myopia is one way to do it.
Thankfully, you and your kid now have options other than short-term solutions like prescription glasses or regular lenses. Contact your eye doctor today and ask about Vision Improvement Therapy (VIT) and how it can work for you and your kid. You can also join the growing global conversation about how to #ControlMyopiaNow at Invisalens Facebook page.
Dr. Page’s own vision struggles helped propel him into the optometry field. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the University of South Dakota and a Doctor of Optometry from the New England College of Optometry in Boston, he launched his career in Phoenix.