Key Research Reports on the Myopia Epidemic

Myopia, or nearsightedness has become a major issue across the world within the recent two decades. There have been studies in the U.S., as well as Asian and European countries attempting to understand this modern day epidemic in vision care. Below is a summary of some of the key articles regarding this myopia epidemic and the treatment options for patients.

Health Experts Are Against New Facebook App for Kids – What About Myopia?

A recent article published in the NY Times reviewed the concern that many health experts have with the New Facebook Messenger App for Kids.

Turn Off Messenger Kids, Health Experts Plead to Facebook

Below is a quote from the letter written by the advocacy group:

“Younger children are simply not ready to have social media accounts,” the experts said in the letter.

Myopia is a Huge Problem in India, China, and the U.S. Is it Caused by Devices or Academics?

A recent article in Science Alert stated that the incidence of myopia or near-sightedness among children in the U.S. is now approaching 40-50% of young people.  An article in the Indian Express also recognized this problem in India.  The article quotes a recent AIIMS(All India Institute of Medical Science) study which identified the  myopia prevalence of over 13% of the school age population in India.

Orthokeratology is a Great Option for Young Athletes with Myopia

A recent article published in the UK highlighted the impact of Orthokeratology as a treatment option for young athletes.  The patient in this article was a 12 year old boy and sports enthusiast with progressive myopia.  As the article states, the boy needed increasingly stronger and stronger prescription lenses to address the progression of myopia.  

NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz talks about contact lenses and Myopia

Check out Optometry Times’ exclusive interview with New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz on his contact lens wearing experience.

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Victor Cruz is not unlike many children that walk through the office every day.  He mentions in this great interview his experience as an athlete dealing with nearsightedness or myopia.

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Myopia

Myopia is the term used to describe nearsightedness. In myopic patients, close objects can be seen clearly, but blurriness occurs when viewing objects that are farther away. Myopia can occur if the patient’s eyeball is excessively long. Myopia is also caused by excessive curvature in the cornea, or the eye’s front cover.

A Crisis in Vision – Childhood Myopia

Pinpointing the causes of increased vision loss in children and youth is not facile. Some explanations for increased vision loss point to the digital age as the culprit. The bottom line is that we expose our eyes to conditions and prolonged focus th…

Source: www.huffingtonpost.com

Myopia is a growing concern across the world with a significant increase seen in children in middle income and wealthier families.

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