Myopia (Near Sightedness)
Myopia (near sightedness) affects one-third of the world’s population. The prevalence of myopia is an increase too fast to reflect only genetic changes. Something in the environment is affecting the patterns of myopia. Researchers and clinicians have tried many ways to slow down the progression of myopia.
One of the hot topics is the peripheral retina defocus theory. Researchers and clinicians have convincing data showing optically imposed refractive errors produce predictable refractive errors. The signal for the eye to grow is DEFOCUS in the peripheral retina. At a young age, the eye and visual systems are extremely robust and able to be anatomically manipulated.
Therefore the theory is to create a defocus on the peripheral retina to slow the progression of central myopia and the increase in the strength of glasses or contact lenses to see clearly. Increased near work within our society especially in the young developing eyes, is increasing the myopic (near sightedness) correction that our children especially need to help them see clearly. Multifocal contact lenses have been proven to decrease this shift towards how myopic they become.
Contact Dr. Bishop & Associates to book an appointment for your myopia symptoms, or if you have any other eye health concerns you'd like to ask us about.