- The higher your prescription, the more likely you are to have associated eye diseases such as: retinal detachments, myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts.
- Higher prescriptions create more dependency on glasses and contacts which can limit independence.
- Genetics increase the risk of developing myopia (a child has a 25% chance of developing myopia if one parent is myopic, and 50% chance if both parents are).
- The length of the eye should be measured and monitored by your optometrist.
Unfortunately, this is not a problem that is going to go away and myopia is not without risk. One of the keys to treating myopia is first recognizing that myopia is a disease and blurry vision at distance is merely a symptom. Glasses and contacts cure the symptom, but not the disease. Let me explain:
There was a time when we thought that the worst thing that could happen is a child would be dependent on glasses. That until they were able to get contacts, they may be self-conscious with their new eyewear.
I wish this were the case, however; the latest research has shown that the higher a child’s prescription, the longer the eye itself becomes, and as a result, there is increased risk of sight threatening complications. These include an increased risk of cataracts, retinal detachment, glaucoma and myopic macular degeneration as they age. There is a direct correlation between how high their prescription is and the odds they develop one of these complications.
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