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
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.