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Is Myopia Reversible?

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Myopia is a widespread visual condition, but you may not recognize it until you hear its famous nickname: nearsightedness. Myopia occurs when the eyeballs grow and lengthen too quickly in childhood, often worsening through the teenage years into early adulthood. 

The eye’s elongated shape causes light to bend incorrectly, leading to images focusing in front of the retina, resulting in distant objects appearing distorted, blurry, or out of focus, and closer objects appearing clear and sharp.

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with myopia, know that you are not alone. This condition is a widespread vision problem, and experts project that approximately half the world’s population will have symptoms of myopia by UI 2050

Causes & Symptoms

Experts cannot currently define the cause of myopia, but some speculate it could be hereditary.  Studies have determined that spending considerable amounts of time reading and working on a screen or computer may also affect the development of this condition. 

Symptoms of myopia in adulthood may include: 

  • Objects in the distance appear blurry or out-of-focus 
  • Squinting or partially closing your eyes to see things clearly 
  • Headaches 
  • Eyestrain 
  • Difficulties driving a vehicle, day or night 

Myopia is common in children and typically presents and develops in the early school years. 

Optometrists recommend that school-age children undergo annual eye exams, as undiagnosed vision issues can significantly affect a young scholar’s love of learning

A child with nearsightedness may:

  • Persistently squint 
  • Complain of headaches 
  • Want to sit close to the television, movie screen, or at the front of the classroom
  • Seem unaware of distant objects
  • Blink excessively
  • Frequently rub their eyes 

If your child has any of these symptoms, book an appointment with your optometrist right away

Reversing Myopia?  

If you’re wondering if myopia can be reversed or cured, the short answer is no. Ultimately, there is no cure for myopia – only ways to correct the visual degradation it brings using glasses and contact lenses

Your optometrist cannot stop your child’s eyes from growing or reverse the excessive elongation of the eyeball. Your optometrist can prevent the condition from worsening, and slow its progression by using myopia control treatments

Myopia Control Treatments

Myopia control treatments are typically targeted at children between the ages of 6 and 15, and are generally only effective while the eyes are still growing. The primary goal of myopia treatment and management is slowing down accelerated eye growth. 

Treatments are more than just vision correction; they also protect your child from deteriorating vision and reduce the risk of severe eye diseases resulting from myopia. 

There are several treatment methods available to help control myopia in children: 

Contact Lenses for Myopia Control 

Peripheral defocus contact lenses are an alternate form of multifocal contact lenses beneficial for children with myopia. Experts have determined that blurring peripheral vision can help slow eye growth in children, and limit the progression of myopia.

Peripheral defocus contact lenses have a center area on the lens that corrects distance vision, with other circles around the center blurring the child’s peripheral vision. 

Peripheral defocus contact lenses will not reverse or cure your child’s myopia, but they may help to slow its progression. If you are interested in more information about this treatment, contact your optometrist to determine if this is a viable option for your child’s vision.

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LASIK Surgery for Myopia 

Myopia typically stabilizes when the patient reaches early adulthood. At that time, LASIK surgery may become an option for vision correction. LASIK is a prevalent procedure used to correct refractive errors

LASIK can correct vision problems related to myopia, but it is not a reversal of the condition or a cure, even if the surgery results in 20/20 or 20/40 vision. The elongated eyeball remains, along with the health risks associated with it. 

If you are a patient with myopia considering LASIK surgery, contact your optometrist to determine your candidacy for the procedure. They can help you decide if surgery is right for your vision. 

Support for Myopia 

The primary goal of treatment for young patients with myopia is slowing its progression. By controlling the growth of the eyeball, your optometrist can help your child avoid the dangers and severe complications of high myopia in adulthood, like: 

  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Retinal detachment 

At La Paz Optometric, we offer high-quality and compassionate vision care for our patients with myopia. Myopia screenings are conducted in every child’s eye exam, and we provide a comfortable and safe environment for treatment. 

Vision problems resulting from myopia can significantly improve with prescription glasses or contact lenses, and our showroom is always stocked with a wide variety of frames

If you need support or have any questions about myopia, contact our team today. We’ll work hard to find the answers and help ensure the healthiest vision possible for you and your family.

Written by Dr. Aaron Sako

Dr. Sako, who was born in Santa Monica and raised in Cerritos, first joined the La Paz Optometric family in 2001. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biological sciences in 1995 from the University of California Irvine, before earning his Doctor of Optometry, graduating with honors in 2000 from Nova Southeastern University in South Florida.

Dr. Sako’s current areas of focus are primary care, surgical consultations, surgical co-management, and specialty contact lenses. He is also glaucoma certified and is licensed in the use of therapeutic and diagnostic pharmaceutical agents. Dr. Sako has extensive clinical experience and training, and spent time at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida and the Aker Kasten Cataract and Laser Eye Institute in Boca Raton, Florida, before joining the La Paz Optometric team.

Dr. Sako is an affiliate member of a prominent Orange County laser center, allowing his patients to benefit from his unique understanding of LASIK, which he, himself, has undergone. He has also co-managed thousands of refractive procedures. A proponent of lifelong learning, Dr. Sako is also certified in Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), which is a non-surgical option for correcting nearsightedness, which involves patients wearing specialty contact lenses during sleep.

Dr. Sako is a member of the American Optometric Association, the California Optometric Association, the Orange County Optometric Association, the Orange County Optometrist Club, and the Asian American Optometric Society. He is currently a member of the executive board for the Asian American Optometric Society and has been since 2004. He is also a member of the prestigious Advisory Board to Vision Laser Eye Centers in Newport Beach, California.

Dr. Sako believes in the importance of community service and always striving for excellence. This former Eagle Scout is currently an active member of the Mission Viejo Rotary Club and provides charitable annual eye exams and care through this organization to children in Baja, Mexico.

Dr. Sako lives in Ladera Ranch with his wife, Mako, and their three children Skylar, Payton, and Colby. When he is not helping patients, Dr. Sako enjoys exercising, skiing, playing golf, and spending time with friends and family. He also has a keen interest in music, and enjoys playing the Tahitian drums and strumming on his ukulele.

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