Long-Term Complications of Myopia

People with a higher degree of myopia are at a much higher risk of developing serious eye problems in the future, including:

  • Myopic Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Detachments
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma

Is My Child At Risk Of Developing Progressive Myopia?

My Kids Vision is a website with a free online tool that helps parents assess and manage myopia risks for their kids.

Managing Myopia: We Can Help


There are resources and strategies available to protect against the development and progression of myopia.

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Comprehensive Eye Exams

The first step in managing myopia is ensuring that your child receives regular eye exams.  Comprehensive eye exams give your optometrist the best opportunity to diagnose and manage myopia.  The more we know about the state of your child’s ocular health, the better.

Studies have shown that spending time outdoors in sunlight greatly decreases the likelihood of developing nearsightedness. Send your children outside to play to prevent myopia. You can tell them the optometrist said so!

Studies have shown that the amount and intensity of reading or near work that one does is a risk factor in the development of nearsightedness.

It’s essential that your child’s prescription for glasses or contact lenses remains up-to-date and accurate.  Old prescriptions that may be under-correcting your child have been shown to actually increase the rate at which myopia progresses.

Utilizing specially designed multifocal soft contact lenses, rather than traditional glasses or contact lenses, can significantly decrease the rate of myopia progression.

This treatment, often referred to as “Ortho-K,” involves wearing custom-designed rigid gas-permeable contact lenses overnight to gently reshape the corneas.  Orthokeratology has been proven to greatly slow down the rate of myopia progression, and usually negates the need for vision correction during the day.

Extremely diluted dilating eyedrops, such as atropine 0.05%, have been proven to slow down the progression of myopia.  Most children who use this method of myopia control do not experience increased light sensitivity or near vision difficulty.