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Myopia: The rapid increase among children

Myopia: The Rapid Increase among Children

Understanding Myopia and Its Origin

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition characterized by the ability to see nearby objects clearly while distant objects appear blurry. This visual impairment occurs when the eyeball is slightly longer than usual or when the cornea, which is the clear front surface of the eye, is too elongated. The main cause of Myopia is not yet clear, but there are two main factors that contribute to its development: genetics and excessive exposure to digital screens.

The Rise of Myopia in Children

It is important to note that myopia can affect individuals of all ages, including children. In fact, there has been a concerning increase in the prevalence of myopia among youngsters in recent years. While the condition often starts and progresses during early childhood, its progression can continue into adulthood. Studies have shown that parents who suffer from nearsightedness are more likely to pass it on to their offspring, with an increased risk ranging from 35% to 60% if both parents are short-sighted. However, even with only one myopic parent, a child still has a significant chance of inheriting this eye issue.

  • The number of people affected by Myopia is projected to rise according to data from 145 studies that covered 2.1 million participants.
  • One-third of the world’s population has Myopia by the year 2020, indicating a significant increase within two decades.
The Rise of Myopia in Children

Modern Factors Contributing to Myopia

In the mid-19 century, Hermann von Helmholtz, a German physician and physicist, proposed the theory of axial elongation in myopia. This finding weren’t accepted as the sign of Myopia until 150 years later. It goes to show that this eye issues has been around even before the existence of television and other high-tech screen. This raises a question as to why myopia has become more prevalent in the modern age. 

One of the biggest factors is that children today are more engaged in activities involving iPads, laptops, and cellular phones, which likely contribute to the increased incidence of myopia.

Myopia is not a condition to be taken lightly, as it can have long-term consequences if left untreated. Fortunately, its symptoms are typically quite noticeable, making it easier to detect. Parents and guardians should be vigilant in observing their children for signs such as blurry vision when looking at distant objects, frequent headaches, eyestrain, excessive blinking, and squinting or closing of the eyelids in an effort to see better.

Taking Action Against Myopia​

While genetics is beyond our control and cannot be altered, there are behavioral factors that can worsen myopia but such factors can be prevented. One of the most effective solutions for myopia management is wearing a pair of eyeglasses with upgraded lenses. 

One notable innovation in this regard is the Rodenstock MyCon lenses, specifically designed to effectively manage myopia, in such a way that the condition’s progression will be slowed down and vision will be further improved. These lenses diffuse light in a way that it focuses on the periphery in front of the retina, rather than behind it, which helps to reduce the elongation of the eyeball—a key factor contributing to blurry vision.

Kids nowadays are invested in indoor hobbies such as digital entertainment. Therefore, a regular eye check-up is a must to avoid eye issues in the long run. Visit a qualified and licensed optometrist that will properly assess your child’s eyes. In the event that nearsightedness is already present it will be wiser to invest in a pair of Rodenstock MyCon eyeglasses that may ward off the growth of myopia.

Benefits of Rodenstock and MyCon Lenses for Children ​

Benefits of Rodenstock and MyCon Lenses for Children

Single vision lenses can correct myopia, although they won’t be able to slow down its progression, unlike Rodenstock with MyCon lenses, which are designed to spread the lights that enter your eyes. This process helps slow down the eye length growth since light positions behind the retina and strikes the outer edge in front of it. Furthermore, MyCon eyeglasses consist of high-functioning features that not only address eye concerns but also provide sturdy frames.

  • Frames are lightweight and comfortable to wear specifically designed to cater to the kids’ eyewear needs.
  • MyCon lenses can prevent the Myopia’s progression.
  • It can improve vision regardless of whether the child is slightly or severely short-sighted.

Eye concerns are inevitable and can arise due to various factors such as genetics or careless bad habits. Regular eye check-ups are recommended to detect any potential issues early on and prevent their development. Aside from this, doctors can also guide you in choosing the type of eyeglasses to wear. For inquiries regarding Rodenstock and MyCon lenses, you may visit any of the EO branches nationwide. Click this link to find the store near you .

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