Myopia Can Be Controlled
Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is when things up close are clear but objects that are far away are blurred. It is caused by the eye being slightly too long. However, blurry vision isn’t the only problem that can be caused by the lengthening of the eye. It also results in a significantly higher risk for conditions like retinal detachment and glaucoma. It’s for this reason that doctors and scientists are beginning to classify myopia as a disease.
When it comes to myopia control, early intervention is important. Myopia that starts at younger ages (like 7-9 years old) is more likely to progress rapidly and to higher levels over cases that onset at older ages (12 years and up). Family history also has significant risk when one or both parents are nearsighted or there are nearsighted siblings.