Be sure that your eyes are healthy

The myopia epidemic is currently projected to reach pandemic proportions by the year 2050. By then, it is projected that on average half (50%) of the world’s population will have some degree of myopia or near-sightedness.

For perspective that means that 1 in 2 people would need glasses, contact lenses, or corrective refractive surgery in order to see things properly at a distance or 6 meters or 20 feet and greater. The rate and severity of myopia is growing rapidly beyond contributory factors such as genetics. We know environmental factors such as that less time spent outdoors as well as increased near work (including but not limited to screentime) also pose a risk. To make mat-ters more complicated, many modes of teaching in our schools have naturally and understand-ably shifted towards screen use as a mode for teaching. Higher levels of myopia are associat-ed with potentially sight/vision threatening ocular diseases later in life.

There is a need to go beyond correcting myopia by just prescribing higher powers and thicker glasses. Growing research supports our ability to correct, slow, and potentially even stop the progression of myopia in children, thus giving them better vision for later years and for life in general.

At UTEC, the doctors will determine the most effective options for managing myopia control by customizing therapy and treatments to your child’s specific needs. These may involve hard contact lenses (orthokeratology), multifocal soft contact lenses, pharmaceutical agents, spec-tacle therapy, or a combination of therapies.

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