Myopia Management

Dr. Sims and the doctors at Carrollwood Optical care deeply about catching vision problems early in children’s lives. While myopia can affect us all, we know that providing myopia management services can mean higher quality of life for our children.

Protection from Larger Problems

Myopia occurs when light enters the eye and focuses in front of the retina, rather than directly on the retina. When the length of the eye is longer than normal, this particular shape causes the light to refract differently. This can certainly impact your vision, and your ability to see up close. 

Myopia typically develops in childhood and worsens as the eyes continue to grow— as the eyes grow, so does their axial length. You may find that your child’s optical prescription worsens through their teenage years, and eventually reaches a plateau when the eye stops growing, typical around the age of 20. 

According to the American Optometric Association, nearly 30 percent of the U.S. population, including both children and adults, suffer from myopia. 

If you are nearsighted, you may notice:
• Faraway objects look blurred or fuzzy.
• Close items appear clear.
• Headaches.
• Eye strain.
• Squinting.
• Tiredness when driving, playing sports or looking more than a few feet away.

Some additional symptoms of myopia to watch for in your children include:
• Poor school grades.
• Shortened attention span.
• Holding objects close to the face.

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