Myopia: near sightedness caused by lifestyle

A 13-year-old myopic patient (neither parents are myopic; the cause is due to lifestyle, he has been using digital devices since about two years old) is grateful that his parents agreed to manage and control his myopia or nearsightedness. At age 7, he started to have -2.00S (right eye) & -1.75S (left eye). Now at 13, his eye grade is (RE)-3.50S & (LE) -4.00S.

Through the years, I have been recommending his parents’ different evidence-based strategies in managing myopia that is also practiced worldwide. And there is a good prognosis about this case because looking at his eye-grade, the myopia has been controlled, meaning his eye grade increases yearly at a slower pace. And that’s good news halfway since he has still about eight years before his eyes mature. His eyes will have a lower risk of developing ocular diseases like cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment, or myopic maculopathy in the future. But a regular follow-up visit is vital during this period.

Studies show that by the year 2050, half of the global population will be myopic. But this was before the pandemic (COVID-19). Since children are now into online learning and more time is spent at near (like reading, using digital devices) and less or no outdoor activities, this will definitely be earlier than 2050! And this is the new pandemic rising fast. So, parents, you have a big responsibility in making sure that your children’s eyes must be checked regularly and comprehensively by your competent Optometrist as early as six months old. Let us be proactive because of VISION MATTERS.