Myopia, or nearsightedness, occurs when the eyes do not focus light correctly and distant objects appear blurred. There are a variety of treatments to slow the progression of myopia in children. These treatments can prevent your child from needing stronger glasses year after year, and may help reduce the risk of vision-threatening complications associated with large amounts of myopia. Talk with Dr. Koetter about the best treatment options for your child..

What Causes Myopia?

Myopia occurs due to an abnormal curvature bend. The eye is normally round and smooth, similar to a marble. If you have myopia, your cornea isn't even and smooth. There are a couple of factors that can increase your risk of developing myopia.

  • Genetics: Myopia tends to run in families. If one of your parents is nearsighted, there is a chance that you will be as well. If both of your parents are nearsighted, your risk increases significantly.
  • Spending too much time indoors: Studies have shown that people who spend little time outdoors have a higher risk of having myopia than those who go outdoors often.

What Are the Symptoms Of Myopia?

The most common symptom of myopia is seeing objects in the distance as blurry. The other symptoms include:

  • Needing to squint to see objects in the distance
  • Needing to sit closer to the TV or in the classroom
  • Being unaware of objects in the distance
  • Excessive blinking
  • Needing to rub your eyes frequently to see objects in the distance more clearly

If you have myopia and want to improve your vision. Give us a call at (281) 940-6600 to schedule an appointment.