Increased Diagnosis of Myopia (Nearsightedness) in Children

Dr. Vito Vricella, Treehouse Eyes provider at Fenton Family Eye Care in St. Louis, Missouri points out that the pandemic has led to a greater risk for myopia development in children. Nearly 190,000 African Americans have low vision, according to the National Eye Institute. Myopia is an epidemic and global phenomenon and current estimates state half the world’s population will be myopic by 2050.


What is Myopia?

Myopia causes blurry distance vision, which can be compensated for with glasses or contact lenses to provide a child with clear vision. However, the cause of myopia is caused by an eye that is growing too long and, once started, myopia usually gets worse in children as the eye continues to grow abnormally fast. Higher myopia increases the lifetime risk of serious eye diseases such as retinal diseases and glaucoma.


Myopia Treatment and Intervention

Glasses only compensate for your child’s blurry distance vision, they don’t stop their vision from progressively getting worse. It’s essential to treat the underlying cause of myopia, rather than just treating the symptom which is blurry vision. Early intervention slows the progression or can potentially stop your child’s eyes from getting any worse. This means Treehouse Eyes can give children better vision for life, not just until the next higher prescription.


Hope For Parents: Treehouse Eyes Doctors Can Help

Treehouse Eyes is the first eye care practice specializing in treating childhood myopia. Treehouse Eyes has a network of doctors all across the country that is dedicated to slowing the progression of myopia. There are several treatments now available that are proven to slow down the elongation of the eye so a child’s vision does not deteriorate as quickly.


Let Treehouse Eyes Help Your Child Manage Myopia

Treehouse Eyes is proud to offer personalized treatment plans for every child. Our treatment plan may include overnight and daytime contact lenses and special prescription eye drop. If you are worried if your child might have myopia, schedule a consultation now to talk to our doctors and find out how we can help your child manage myopia.

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