Do you worry that your child’s eyes are getting weaker and weaker?
Are you afraid it could cause serious eye problems as they get older?
Worried about the emotional effect that glasses could have on your child’s self‐esteem, like being called “four eyes” or being bullied at school?
Concerned that this may limit them from reaching their dreams and aspirations?
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In the last 30 years, there was a 66% increase in nearsightedness in the USA—in some Asian countries, as high as 95% of kids are nearsighted. And this is not just about genetics.
WHAT IS MYOPIA?
Now, check your child’s eyesight.
Is your child having trouble seeing distances – the whiteboard at school, the movie screen, the goal line? That’s called myopia – more commonly known as nearsightedness.
Those with myopia can see fine up close – books and computer or mobile device screens are no problem. But objects farther away are blurry. And, you may notice such symptoms as squinting, headaches, eye strain, and/or fatigue when playing sports or driving.
“Myopia is one of the most common refractive errors of the eye.” The eyeball becomes elongated and the light that enters the eye gets focused in front of the retina, rather than its surface. It is a rapidly growing vision problem around the world.
The younger nearsightedness starts, the worse it can become. And the worse it becomes, the higher the cost- emotionally and financially.
Why you should take myopia seriously and take action now
Myopia typically begins in childhood. If one or both parents are nearsighted, then your child has a greater risk. It’s definitely something you want to get diagnosed immediately, because myopia can be progressive. Your child’s vision can worsen from mild myopia to moderate myopia to high (aka degenerative or pathological) myopia, increasing his/her risk for other eye problems.
Annual exams by your eye doctor will confirm how quickly your child’s eyes are changing. Replacing eyeglasses or contact lenses with stronger prescriptions every year (or more often) can be costly to you. Experiencing worsening eyesight can be emotionally distressing and socially embarrassing for your child.
Emotional and Financial Implications of Untreated Myopia
But the most important reasons to pay attention now are the looming dangers – and prohibitive costs of untreated myopia. Myopia has been associated with serious eye problems later in life. Slowing the progression of myopia now may keep your child from developing higher levels of nearsightedness and serious, vision‐threatening eye problems in the future.
The three major eye problems often linked to myopia:
1. Retinal Detachment
Eyes with high myopia have been shown to have a higher prevalence of co‐existing disease and complications, such as retinal detachment.
In a study, eyes with mild myopia had a four‐fold increased risk of retinal detachment compared with non‐myopic eyes. Among eyes with moderate and high myopia, the risk increased 10‐fold.
Surgery is almost always used to repair retinal tears, holes or detachment (the most serious). Various types of surgery are available. Most are done on an outpatient basis, but a hospital stay is possible. Without insurance, surgery typically costs between $5,000 and $10,000 or more per eye!
2. Myopic Degeneration
Myopic Degeneration is a condition characterized by progressive stretching of the eye that damages the retina. It commonly occurs during young adulthood and can lead to gradual decrease in central vision.
People with severe nearsightedness (high myopia) are at greater risk for myopic degeneration.
Surgical treatment for complications of degenerative myopia includes a combination drug and laser procedure called photodynamic therapy, that may cost between $2,000 and $3,500 for a series of treatments according to DoShop.com.
In another study, the authors concluded there is a strong relationship between myopia and glaucoma. Nearsighted paticipants had a two‐to‐three‐times greater risk of glaucoma than participants with no myopia.
Glaucoma is usually first treated with medication/eye drops. However, some glaucoma drugs interact negatively with other drugs for common medical conditions (including asthma). Noncompliance with medical treatment (always a concern with children) is a leading cause of blindness from the condition.
Glaucoma treatment costs vary widely. An American Journal of Ophthalmology study fund that medical treatment could range from $150 to $1,080. According to Healthcare Bluebook, laser surgery for glaucoma costs about $1,300 if done in an ambulatory surgery center and $4,900 in a hospital.
These are all serious problems that can compromise your child’s future quality of life.
HERE’S THE GOOD NEWS:
Wake Up to Clear Vision with NASA Inspired Invisalens®
Now, there’s an innovative, proven effective way to improve your children’s eyesight by simply wearing Invisalens®—custom‐designed retainers they can wear while sleeping, and the next morning, they can already see more clearly without eyeglasses.
How does Invisalens® work?
Invisalens® is a non‐surgical treatment option for people suffering from nearsightedness, astigmatism, farsightedness, and age‐related vision focusing called presbyopia . It involves changing the curvature of the cornea by temporarily molding its shape using gas‐permeable retainers called Invisalens®.
The central portion of the lens fits very close to the eye exerting a gentle pressure. The outer part of the retainer surrounds the central visual zone and is farther away from the eye, creating a vacuum force, allowing room for the eye to change shape. By changing the curvature of your eye, this treatment refocuses light onto your retina resulting in clearer vision. This process, however, is completely reversible and non‐invasive. If you stop wearing the lenses, your eye will return to its original shape. In the past, the only FDA‐approved systems were worn during the day and proved to be very safe and effective. More recently, the FDA has approved the latest in therapy with nightime retainers that work for the eyes in much the same way as dental retainers work for the teeth.
Invisalens vs. Prescription Glasses
Good thing, there’s no age limit in terms of wearing glasses or contact lenses. In fact, your child may already be wearing these. One concern, though, is that many children are self‐conscious about having to wear glasses —not to mention the fact that they pose obvious problems when playing sports. Contact lenses, just the same, are not without problems—for example, losing them and forgetting to take them out at night.
As noted above, the condition progresses. Over time, your child will need stronger and stronger lenses, which means, bigger and bigger investment that treats the symptoms of nearsightedness, but does not improve the condition.
Invisalens vs. Lasik
Then there’s LASIK. You may have heard good things about LASIK laser eye surgery —or even experienced it yourself. However, the many risks that come with it outweigh the benefits. It is also not approved for children or teens under 18.