Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error where distant objects appear blurred, while close-up vision remains clear. It is a common eye focusing disorder and has been increasing over the decades, coinciding with increasing available technology. It is estimated that by 2050, nearly half the people in the world will have nearsightedness. Symptoms of myopia include eyestrain, headaches, and squinting to see properly. Myopia is a growing problem our young generation. Left untreated, myopia can worsen over time, increasing the risk of eye conditions like retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma. This can greatly impact one’s future opportunities and quality of life.


Myopia can be corrected with glasses and contact lenses in the short term to provide clearer vision. But in children, this may not stop myopia from getting worse. Fortunately, recent studies and technology have found some treatments that can do just that. There are special contact lenses and eyedrops on the market currently that can have a noticeable impact on slowing myopia progression. Each of these options have their own benefits and drawbacks, so it is imperative to have a discussion with a trained eyecare professional before starting a myopia management program.