Myopia is Increasingly Common in Kids
Nearsightedness (also known as myopia) has been on the rise in young kids in the last few years. This vision problem is caused by the eyeball growing too long in proportion to the curve of the cornea. When the eye is too long, light focuses at a point just in front of the retina rather than directly on the retina. This makes everything beyond a certain distance look blurry.
Because myopia can get worse with age, it’s not necessarily enough to correct myopia; controlling myopia can keep the refractive error from getting more severe and requiring a stronger prescription. At Shaughnessy Optometry, we offer a variety of myopia control methods. We’ll discuss all of the treatment options with you. Book your child’s eye exam today and ask your optometrist how myopia control could help your child.
Amblyopia is a Common Childhood Vision Problem
Amblyopia is an issue with eye alignment or teaming which is sometimes referred to as a “lazy eye”. When both eyes work together properly, your brain can merge the messages from both eyes into one cohesive image. But sometimes, the eyes can’t work together properly due insufficient eye muscles strength or an extreme refractive error in one eye. This makes it tricky for the brain to merge the messages from both eyes into one image. To simplify the process, the brain sometimes decides to ignore messages from one eye. As a result, the eye stops getting instructions from the brain, and can appear to drift off to the side, unused. Amblyopia requires treatment.
We Treat Amblyopia Through Vision Therapy
In some cases, we can help the brain and the eyes work together as a team through a process called vision therapy. Book an appointment to see if your child could benefit from vision therapy.