What is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is a progressive disorder that results in poor distance vision. In severe cases, near vision also is affected.

A variety of factors contribute to myopia including genetics, children playing inside instead of outside, and prolonged time spent using your near vision such as working on a computer or cell phone.

Why Does Myopia Matter?

Myopia gradually elongates and changes the physical structure of the eye. This increases the risk of eye disease. Around the world, myopia is one of the leading causes of blindness and is directly associated with retinal detachments and glaucoma. Myopia also makes it difficult for children to learn, setting them back from an early age.

How is Myopia Treated?

At Newton Eye Care Center, we evaluate every aspect of your eye health during routine exams. We focus on more than just finding the right prescription glasses to correct your vision. If you have myopia, you can trust our experience in a variety of different treatments that slow the progression of change in your eye and protect your vision and health.

  • Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is a nonsurgical process that uses therapeutic contact lenses overnight to reshape your cornea. It corrects your vision and eliminates the need for contacts or glasses. The process is easy and safe. The lenses are comfortable and are worn while you sleep, shaping the surface of the cornea to allow light to bend correctly. The result: clear vision.
  • Multifocal Contact Lenses use different powers in different zones to correct vision problems.
  • Atropine Eye Drops dilate the pupil and relax the focus center. In most cases, the eye drops are used along with reading glasses.
  • Multifocal Eyeglasses can slow the progression of myopia for adults with specific types of eyes.

Each method offers different benefits. Contact us today to see which treatment is right for you.

Myopia Facts

  • Myopia affects more than 1 billion people worldwide including 42% of Americans between 12 and 54 years old.
  • By 2050, experts estimate that nearly 50% of the world’s population will be myopic, according to a 2017 study published in the journal Opthalmology.
  • Worldwide, more than 80 million children have myopia.