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Myopia in the Digital Age

The War on Myopia. Some Treatment Options.

Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, has become a prevalent concern in today’s digital age, with an increasing number of youngsters experiencing vision issues. The rise of myopia is closely linked to extensive screen time, particularly on digital devices. According to recent statistics, the global prevalence of myopia has surged dramatically in the last decade but new information on prevention and promising outcomes from some treatment options are beginning to turn the tide. The eye doctors at Vision Source Insight Eyecare are helping treat Myopia patients from Sandy Springs, Dunwoody, Chastain Park and Buckhead.

Myopia and the Screen

Myopia is a refractive error where distant objects appear blurry, as light focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it. The proliferation of digital screens, such as smartphones, tablets, and computers, has been identified as a major contributing factor to the surge in myopia cases. The prolonged use of these devices, coupled with a decrease in outdoor activities, has led to an alarming increase in the prevalence of myopia, particularly in children and adolescents.

Myopia Treatments – Ortho K

To combat myopia, various treatment options are available. One common approach is the use of corrective lenses, such as glasses or contact lenses, to enhance visual clarity. Additionally, orthokeratology, a non-surgical method involving the use of special contact lenses to reshape the cornea temporarily, has gained popularity to control myopia progression.

Ortho-K can be considered successful in providing temporary vision correction, controlling myopia progression in some cases, and contributing to overall patient satisfaction. However, individual experiences may vary, and the success of Ortho-K depends on factors such as proper lens fitting, compliance with wearing schedules, and ongoing professional monitoring. Patients interested in Ortho-K should consult with one of the eye doctors at VVision Source Insight Eyecare to determine its suitability for their specific needs and to ensure proper usage and safety.

Myopia Treatments – Atropine

Another innovative solution involves pharmaceutical interventions, such as atropine eye drops, which have demonstrated efficacy in slowing down the progression of myopia. These drops work by dilating the pupil and temporarily preventing the eye from focusing on nearby objects, thus mitigating the development of myopia.

The success of atropine in controlling myopia progression is well-established, especially with lower concentrations that minimize side effects. Continued research is refining the understanding of optimal dosages, treatment durations, and potential combination therapies. Vision Source Insight Eyecare eye doctors are able to help guide patients and parents towards that optimal dosage.

Proactive Parenting – Managing Screen Time

Parents play a crucial role in reducing the risk of myopia in their children. Encouraging outdoor activities has been identified as a protective factor against myopia development. Studies have shown that spending time outdoors, exposed to natural light, can help regulate eye growth and reduce the risk of myopia. The American Academy of Ophthalmology recommends at least 120 minutes of outdoor play per day for children.

Limiting screen time is also vital in preventing myopia. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests age-appropriate screen time limits for children, emphasizing the importance of regular breaks during prolonged use of digital devices. The 20-20-20 rule, where one takes a 20-second break every 20 minutes and looks at something 20 feet away, is a simple yet effective practice to alleviate eye strain.

Furthermore, ensuring an ergonomically sound workspace can contribute to eye health. Proper lighting, optimal screen distance, and regular eye check-ups are essential in maintaining good vision. Parents should be proactive in monitoring their children’s visual habits and addressing any signs of discomfort or visual difficulties promptly.

Vision Source Insight Eyecare. Myopia Specialists for Sandy Springs, Dunwoody & Chastain Park.

Drs Chen and Sweeney at Vision Source Insight Eyecare have seen firsthand the surge in myopia cases, particularly among the younger population. The widespread use of digital devices and decreased outdoor activities contribute to the increased prevalence of nearsightedness. However, treatment options that include corrective lenses and atropine eye drops, in conjunction with proactive parenting strategies, have made it possible to mitigate the impact of myopia.

Vision Source Insight Eyecare has been treating patients using Myopia Control Treatments since 2004 and has helped hundreds of patients achieve amazing results. All Myopia Control treatments begin with a Consultation. Please call to schedule an Appointment today at Sandy Springs/Atlanta.