Keep Your Child’s Eyes Safe this Halloween

Updated September 29, 2022

Halloween is approaching quickly and it’s time to create those photo-worthy costumes – but we want to ensure an eye infection isn’t a part of the ensemble. October is Halloween Eye Safety Month and below we have some helpful tips on how to make sure your child’s Halloween costume doesn’t leave complications for your kids vision. 

Get an eye exam

Don’t be haunted by an eye infection. If you’d like to obtain decorative lenses for a Halloween costume, make sure to get an eye exam so your eye doctor can give the proper prescription and provide you with information about the proper contact lens cleaning and care.

Get A Prescription For Decorative Lenses

The CDC and the American Academy of Ophthalmology recommend not to purchase decorative contact lenses from costume shops, online stores, beauty salons, drug stores, flea markets, or anywhere that doesn’t require a prescription. Make sure to see a doctor to get lenses properly fitted, so your child isn’t at risk for vision problems such as eye infections and eye sores which can lead to permanent vision loss. Learn more about decorative lenses here. 

Be Mindful Of Makeup Use

Halloween makeup can be a fun way to enhance any costume, but it’s essential to not share makeup for the risk of eye infection. Practice good hygiene by taking off all makeup before bed and avoid using old, expired makeup. For eyelash extensions, it’s important to test for lash glue allergies and practice proper hygiene during application. See more about Halloween makeup safety. 

Have Fun!

Now that you’ve gotten your eye exam and your costume is complete, it’s time to go out and have fun. Enjoy your night knowing your child’s eyes will look ‘cool’ and won’t cause any long-lasting effects after the fun is over.

Spread Awareness and Enjoy Spooky Season!

Make Halloween as memorable as possible for your child and spread the word to other parents about the importance of children’s eye health. If you are worried that your child might have myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, head over to Treehouse Eyes where our doctors develop customized treatment plans for your child.

Let TreeHouse Eyes Help You 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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Recognizing The Signs & Symptoms Of Myopia In Children

Updated August 1, 2022

Myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, is an eye disease in which the eye elongates, causing light to be focused in front of the retina instead of on the retina’s surface. Essentially, your child’s eye is growing too long.

Because the eye elongates and grows with the rest of the body, naturally, it stops elongating once the rest of the body stops growing in early adulthood. This also means there may be times in a child’s development where they experience growth spurts—suddenly requiring a higher prescription due to an increase in their myopia.

It can affect both children and adults, with over 50% of American teenagers being myopic according to this journal.

Here are some ways to recognize the signs and symptoms of myopia in children.

Consistent Headaches

Headaches can be a common system of vision problems, it is important to track how often your child is experiencing symptoms of headaches. Some headaches may be a result of allergy symptoms or pressure changes, but they could also be a direct result of nearsightedness. If your child is experiencing more than one headache per week, do schedule an appointment with an optometrist to try and get your vision checked for myopia.

Excessive Eye-Watering

Excessive eye-watering can also be a symptom of myopia, given that it can result in discomfort in the eyes. If your child experiences consistent and excessive eye-watering, do schedule an appointment with an optometrist to get your vision checked.

Excessive Squinting

If your child is squinting excessively, it might also be a symptom of myopia. This is due to the fact that humans suffering from myopia can squint to result in a minute change in the tension of their eye muscles, providing them with brief clarity of vision. Thereby, it would be easy to spot individual suffering from myopia if he or she engages in excessive squinting.

Holding Objects Close to Their Face

Another glaring symptom to look for if wondering if your child has myopia is if they constantly hold objects closer to their face to see them properly. This is a clear symptom of nearsightedness which may be caused by excessive usage of screen time.

Consistent Rubbing Of Eyes

When dealing with a young child that might potentially have myopia, they might often rub their eyes as a sign of discomfort. If you notice that your child excessively and consistently rubs their eyes, it might be a sign to schedule a consultation with the optometrist to have their vision assessed.

Sitting Very Close to the TV

You might find your child sitting too close to the TV than they normally do. The most apparent sign that your child may have myopia, especially for older kids, is if they grumble about the images on the TV screen looking unclear or blurry, or if they tell you they have issues reading the words shown on screens.

Let TreeHouse Eyes Help Your Child Manage Myopia

Treehouse Eyes offer customized contact lenses and special prescription eye drops, and our doctors develop personalized treatment plans for each child. We will be able to determine which treatment plan works the best for your child at the first consultation with your Treehouse Eyes doctor. Schedule a consultation now to find out more.

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Three Different Types Of Myopia Control Explained

Updated July 15, 2022

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common vision issue distant objects become blurry. It is a phenomenon that occurs when the shape of the eye results in light rays refracting incorrectly, thereby focusing images in front of the retina rather than on the retina. It is a common eye condition that can affect both adults and children, with it affecting more than over 40% of American adults according to the American Optometric Association.

Conditions like myopia have been on the rise in general, especially in children. This may possibly be due to the increased time spent indoors on virtual learning or work from home with more time spent on screens because of COVID quarantine policies. All in all, there are many drawbacks to suffering from myopia, and here are some different types of myopia control explained.

Lenses

Scientific studies have shown that there are specific types of contact and eyeglass lenses that have been shown to effectively manage the progression of myopia. Some examples listed are Ortho-K lenses, distance-center bifocal contact lenses as well as bifocal eyeglasses, all proven methods for preventing or slowing down the progression of myopia. The specialist that you go to will help to determine which methods are the optimal fit for your kid. There are currently no FDA-approved method of eyegalasses for myopia.

Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology is a proven method where medical devices are applied to your eye when you are asleep. It helps to provide a “lens like” effect for the user which lasts all day, providing vision for those not wearing glasses or contact lenses. This can often free individuals from needing glasses or contact lenses and enables them to participate in sports activities like swimming without having to worry about vision problems. It is a proven effective method that has been shown to either halt or reduce the progression of myopia.

Prescription Eye Drops

After a comprehensive assessment of your child, our doctors may recommend a prescription eye drop to treat myopia. This drop can be formulated at different concentrations that our doctors determine may best work for your child. As everyone’s eyes are different, our doctors would recommend your child a specific time to apply our Prescription Eye Drops.

Our consultations are personalized for each child and use state-of-the-art equipment to come up with a tailored treatment plan. While there will always be risks involved with any medical treatment, our doctors ensure these risks are minimized by having follow-up sessions and monitoring your child’s treatment progress.

Benefits of Our Prescription Eye Drops for Kids

Our Prescription Eye Drops are suited for children who wear glasses or contact lenses during the day. If you would prefer your child to rest their eyes during the evening or simply worry that your child may not be ready for contact lenses, our Prescription Eye Drops are a good alternative. Our doctors would usually recommend Prescription Eye Drops for children who are showing a rapid progression of myopia. This is because many studies have shown that eye drops can significantly slow down the progression of myopia by around 50% to 60%. However, that number is relative to each individual.

Let TreeHouse Eyes Help You 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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What Is Myopia In Children And Why Should You Care?

Updated June 30, 2022

Myopia is a common eye condition that can affect children between the ages of 6 to 14, so much so that it affects up to 5% of preschoolers, 9% of school-aged children, and nearly 30% of adolescents. Also known as nearsightedness, myopia results in poor, blurry distance vision. It is a phenomenon where the shape of the eyes causes light rays to refract erroneously and results in images focusing in front of the retina rather than on the retina.

Myopia is on the rise in general, especially in children. This may be due to the increased time spent looking at electronic devices. It could also be a consequence of more time spent on screens because of quarantine policies during the pandemic. Or simply not enough time spent outdoors in the natural light (which can help slow or stop the progression of myopia)

Symptoms of Myopia

Symptoms of myopia can include frequent complaints of blurry vision, frequent eye rubbing, and complaints of headaches. You can test if your child has myopia by going for a vision screening at your pediatrician’s office or at school. If he or she failed the test, then they might need to see an optometrist and get properly tested for myopia.

Treating Myopia

To help to lower the risk of myopia, it is ideal to encourage your child to take multiple breaks from their screen times, go for daily walks and limit recreational screen time that is not related to their studies.  Some of the options for treating myopia are shown below.

  • Glasses

Currently there are no FDA-approved glasses to help slow and stop the progression of myopia. Regular precription glasses only correct vision, not treat the underlying problem. That said, some children may still require use of daytime glasses during their myopia treatement depending on the modality used.

  • Contact Lenses

You could also opt for contact lenses if your child prefers them. This is especially convenient for children who are active in sports like swimming, where glasses would be especially inconvenient. However, the choice to opt for contact lenses requires the ability to practice good hygiene given that contact lenses require constant and daily care to prevent eye infections. There are two contact lense treatment options when choosing Treehouse Eyes.

Treehouse Eyes’ Overnight Contact Lenses are specially designed to be worn only in the evening as your child goes to bed. As such, our Overnight Contact Lenses should be worn during sleep and taken out in the morning before your child prepares for the day. Specifically called KIDS Lenses, these lenses are custom-made for each child to gently and comfortably reshape the cornea, which is the clear front surface of the eye. It’s incredibly important to ensure that our Overnight Contact Lenses are tailored to each child as everyone’s eye shape is different. If the lenses do not fit a particular eye shape, the eyes may get infected by a corneal abrasion. As such, at Treehouse Eyes, each child will undergo a consultation to receive his or her very own lenses that are fitted to their unique eye shape. Over time, you’ll find that your child’s myopia will stop progressing.

Our Daytime Soft Contact Lenses are meant to be worn during the day as your child attends school, activities, and many more. During the evening when they’re about to head to bed, they should take off these contacts. What makes our Daytime Soft Contact Lenses one-of-a-kind is their optical design, which is specially crafted to provide clear vision during the daytime, yet slow down the progression of myopia at the same time. Before prescribing these contacts, your child would undergo a consultation with one of our licensed doctors.

  • Low-dose atropine eye drops

These eye drops are specifically used to dilate the pupils during an eye exam and have the chance to slow down myopia in young children. If your child does not wish to wear our Overnight Contact Lenses, he or she can opt for another alternative, which is our Prescription Eye Drops Atropine. Atropine has a number of medical uses and our Prescription Eye Drops are specially formulated to contain a certain concentration that helps to reduce the progression of myopia over time. As everyone’s eyes are different, our doctors would recommend your child a specific time to apply our Prescription Eye Drops.

Our consultations are personalized for each child and use state-of-the-art equipment to come up with a tailored treatment plan. Our Prescription Eye Drops, just like all our other products, are non-invasive and FDA approved. While there will always be risks involved with any medical procedures, our doctors would ensure these risks are minimized by having follow-up sessions and deciding on a suitable treatment.

Let TreeHouse Eyes Help Your Child Manage Myopia

Treehouse Eyes’ doctors use modern equipment to develop personalized treatment plans for your child. Our treatment plans include special prescription eye drops and customized daytime and overnight contact lenses. Do not fret any longer if you notice your child squinting when reading storybooks, sitting too close to the TV, or have complaints of blurry vision, bouts of eye rubbing, and complaints of headaches. At Treehouse Eyes, we will be able to determine which treatment plan works the best for your child at your first consultation with our Treehouse Eyes doctor. Schedule a consultation now to find out more.

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Helping Your Kids Develop Healthy Eye Habits

Updated June 30, 2022

Children nowadays spend more time looking at screens and less time outside playing. What’s worse, the COVID-19 pandemic has upheaved our lives and forced us to spend more time indoors. The ramifications are not just isolated to rising obesity rates. Research has shown that a decrease in daylight could actually change the ways that a child’s eyes develop, resulting in a myopia epidemic that mirrors the obesity crisis.

It is thereby of utmost importance to encourage your children to develop healthy eye care habits to prepare them for the rest of their lives. Here are some of the ways to help your children develop healthy eye habits.

Bring Your Kids for Regular Eye Examinations

Regular eye exams are of the utmost importance for ensuring that your child’s eyes are healthy. Not only can it help you to give you peace of mind, but the visits to the optometrist will also help to set a good example for your children by encouraging them to be more careful of the way they look after their eyes and reminding them of the importance of eye care by an actual eye care professional.

Encourage Your Kids to Wear Sunglasses

Sunglasses are crucial in protecting your eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. It should be worn whenever there are sun rays it is important to instill the healthy habit of wearing sunglasses into your children. You could do this by setting a good example yourself and cultivating the habit of wearing sunglasses whenever it is sunny outside.

Talk to Your Kids About Eye Health

Eye care should be talked about from a young age so that they can start cultivating good habits early, especially if your family has a history of vision problems. It is best for health problems in the family to not be a taboo subject and be talked about openly from a young age so that your children can have a decent understanding of how to protect themselves from myopia. This will also encourage them to take good care of their eyes and to administer good eye hygiene.

Cultivate a Healthy Diet

A healthy diet is also crucial in terms of maintaining eye care. Besides that, it can also help to build up their immune system and grow strong and healthy. It is important to educate your children on the necessity of vegetables, nuts, and oily fish in boosting eye health. This could help them to reduce their chances of suffering from myopia.

Let TreeHouse Eyes Help You Manage Myopia

If you are worried that your child might have myopia, head over to Treehouse Eyes where our doctors develop customized treatment plans for your child. Our treatment includes daytime and overnight contact lenses and special prescription eye drops. You will be able to determine which treatment plan works the best for your child at the first consultation with your Treehouse Eyes doctor. Schedule a consultation now to find out more.

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What is the Main Cause of Myopia?

Updated June 28, 2022

The truth is scientists and doctors are still learning about myopia and the main causes of the disease. What’s known is several factors lead a child to develop myopia, including genetic, environmental, and even socioeconomic status.

Genetics 

Genetics do play a role in whether or not a child will develop myopia. If a child has one parent nearsighted or myopic, their chances increase. If both parents are myopic, those chances increase even greater. Be sure to get your child’s vision checked if you or your spouse are myopic. 

Screentime and ‘Near work’

More than ever before, kids all over the world are focusing their eyes on near objects for the majority of their day, whether using a smartphone, computer, tablet, or another device. Schoolwork and book reading count as well.

Studies continue to show that doing near work, especially in excess (more than 3 hours per day), contributes to the onset and progression of myopia.

Environmental Factors

Spending at least 2-3 hours outdoors has been shown to delay or prevent the onset of myopia. 2-3 hours may not be possible (especially in cold or hot months), but making a habit to go outside on a walk or play for a few minutes every day can help.

Your Child’s Height

The taller children and adolescents have a higher incidence of myopia than their shorter counterparts. This is likely due to grown spurts – as your child grows, so do their eyes.

Education level

There is a higher incidence of myopia in people with advanced degrees, as well as higher parental education levels. One theory is excessive near work and lack of time outdoors contribute to this.

Schedule Regular Screenings

To help prevent or manage myopia, it is essential to have regular eye screenings for your child. Doctors recommend yearly vision screenings either by your child’s pediatrician or their school as well as a vision screen at well-child visits through age 4. Newborn babies should also have their vision tested before they leave the hospital and before their child hits the age of 5.

Let TreeHouse Eyes Help Your Child Manage Myopia

Do you notice your children sitting too close to the TV, complaining of headaches or blurry vision, or have been rubbing their eyes frequently? If you want to find out if your child might have myopia, consult with Treehouse Eyes doctors who are able to develop personalized treatment plans for your child. We offer contact lenses for daytime and nighttime, and also special prescription eye drops. To help your child manage myopia, schedule a consultation now to find out more.

Check out real stories from satisfied parents and children sharing their experiences with our professional doctors, staff, and myopia treatment protocols at Treehouse Eyes.

Prevent serious, sight-robbing eye diseases by scheduling your child’s myopia consultation today. Contact your local Treehouse Eyes provider today and see your child’s quality of life improve before your eyes!

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Protect Your Child’s Eyesight By Encouraging Them To Play Outside

Updated June 1, 2022

Kids are spending increasing amounts of time on screens and less time outside playing. This is especially true with the pandemic upheaving our lives and forcing us to stay home for virtual learning or work from home. The consequences are not just limited to heightened obesity rates. Studies have shown that having less sunlight could actually change the ways that a child’s eyes develop, resulting in a myopia epidemic that rises in tandem with the obesity crisis. You need to encourage your child to spend more time outdoors to protect their eyesight and prevent myopia.

Downsides of Spending Time Indoors 

According to a recent Australian study, kids who spend only about 20 minutes per day outdoors experience quicker growth in the length of their eyes than those who log more hours in bright eyes. This can result in myopia and trouble seeing faraway objects. Thankfully, there are some ways available that you can still use to keep an eye on your child’s eyesight. They are listed as follows.

Not Enough Outdoor Time 

Spending at least 2-3 hours outdoors has been shown to delay or prevent the onset of myopia in children. Make sure to send your children outside to play every day, especially if they’re at risk of developing myopia!

Encourage Outdoor Time

Our eyes need an optimal amount of bright light that can be gotten from outdoors. Therefore, by aiming for around 40 minutes of outdoor time daily, not only can your children get the physical activity that they need that day, but it can also be beneficial to their eyes and help to prevent the onset of myopia.

Look out for Warning Signs

It is important to look out for warning signs that your child might have myopia so that they can get treated for it early. Children suffering from myopia may squint, constantly feel the need to rub their eyes or complain of consistent headaches, they may also start having trouble with their academic grades. If your child experiences any of these symptoms, it is important to schedule an appointment with an optometrist.

Schedule Regular Screenings

To help prevent or manage myopia, it is important to have regular eye screenings for your child. Doctors recommend yearly vision screenings either by your child’s pediatrician or their school as well as a vision screen at well-child visits through age 4. Newborn babies should also have their vision tested before they leave the hospital, and before your child hits the age of 5, it is important to take them to a pediatric ophthalmologist for a thorough checkup if they are suffering from any vision concerns or have a family history of vision concerns.

Let TreeHouse Eyes Help Your Child Manage Myopia

Do you notice your children sitting too close to the TV, complaining of headaches or blurry vision, or have been rubbing their eyes frequently? If you want to find out if your child might have myopia, consult with Treehouse Eyes doctors who are able to develop personalized treatment plans for your child. We offer contact lenses for daytime and nighttime, and also special prescription eye drops. To help your child manage myopia, schedule a consultation now to find out more.

Check out real stories from satisfied parents and children sharing their experiences with our professional doctors, staff, and myopia treatment protocols at Treehouse Eyes.

Prevent serious, sight-robbing eye diseases by scheduling your child’s myopia consultation today. Contact your local Treehouse Eyes provider today and see your child’s quality of life improve before your eyes!

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Myopia Management Demands Ophthalmologists’ Attention – Dr. Vance Thompson

Updated May 10, 2022

Treehouse Eyes is proud to have clinical advisors who include some of the world’s leading eye doctors involved in research and clinical care for pediatric myopia. Dr. Vance Thompson, an internationally recognized specialist in Laser Vision Correction and Advanced Cataract Surgery, recently published an article in Healio discussing the need for ophthalmologists to start paying attention to the growing demand for myopia management, as well as building awareness of the epidemic in the eye care community

As a leading international researcher, Dr. Thompson has played a key role in the development of the most advanced technologies and techniques for both laser and implant vision correction. He has served as the medical monitor lead or principal investigator in over 55 FDA-monitored clinical trials studying laser and implant surgery.

“As ophthalmic surgeons, we tend to be justifiably focused on surgery. However, it remains critical to stay abreast of developments in all areas of eye care, such as myopia management, so we can provide our patients with the best care, as well as offer advocacy, support, and education throughout our communities.” – Dr. Vance Thompson, M.D.

To read the full article, click here.

Treehouse Eyes Can Help!

The good news is we help prevent or slow down myopia progression in kids—just like yours—so they can have their best shot at academic and social success!

Treehouse Eyes eye doctors use state-of-the-art equipment to develop a personalized treatment plan for your child. Our non-invasive treatments include customized contact lenses and special prescription eye drops. Contact your local Treehouse Eyes provider today and see your child’s quality of life improve before your eyes!

Or Check out real stories from satisfied parents and children sharing their experiences with our professional doctors, staff, and myopia treatment protocols at Treehouse Eyes.

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3 Facts about Myopia and What You Can Do For Your Child

Updated April 28, 2022

Myopia, often referred to as nearsightedness, is an eye disease in which the eye elongates more than it should, causing light to be focused in front of the retina instead of on the retina’s surface. Essentially, your child’s eye is growing too long.

Because the eye elongates and grows with the rest of the body, naturally, it stops elongating once the rest of the body stops growing in early adulthood. This also means there may be times in a child’s development where they experience growth spurts—suddenly requiring a higher prescription due to an increase in their myopia.

The hallmark symptom of myopia is blurred distance vision, but it can also cause headaches, eyestrain, and difficulty seeing at night.

What Causes Myopia?

Several factors lead a child to develop myopia, including genetic, environmental, and even socioeconomic status. 

Excessive ‘Near Work’ 

More than ever before, kids all over the world are focusing their eyes on near objects for the majority of their day, whether reading a book, or using a smartphone, computer, tablet, or another device. 

Numerous studies have shown that doing near work, especially in excess (more than 3 hours per day), contributes to the onset and progression of myopia. 

Some findings suggest that the intensity and duration of near work are also important factors. For example, reading a captivating novel for 45 minutes straight will impact a child’s eyes more than skimming a magazine a few minutes at a time.  

Genetics 

A child is more likely to be myopic if one of their parents is nearsighted or myopic as well. If both parents are myopic, those chances increase even greater. Be sure to get your child’s vision checked if you or your spouse are myopic. 

Not Enough Outdoor Time 

Spending at least 2-3 hours outdoors has been shown to delay or prevent the onset of myopia in children. Make sure to send your children outside to play every day, especially if they’re at risk of developing myopia!

Other Risk Factors Associated with Myopia

  • Height — taller children and adolescents have a higher incidence of myopia than their shorter counterparts likely due to growth spurts.
  • Education level — There is a higher incidence of myopia in people with advanced degrees, as well as higher parental education levels. 
  • Ethnicity — Individuals from Asian/Pacific Islander communities are more at risk of developing myopia.

What Can You Do?

The good news is there are many things you can do you help slow or stop the progression of myopia. 

Get Regular (annual or semi-annual) Eye Exams 

Even if both parents aren’t myopic, it’s still recommended to get an annual eye exam for your child. You can schedule a myopia consultation with a Treehouse Eyes provider near you. Many pediatricians are able to complete basic eye exams – be sure to ask them to check for myopia!

Encourage Breaks from Excessive ‘Near Work’ 

More than ever before, kids are focusing their eyes on near objects for the majority of their day. Encouraging breaks from near work such as reading and electronic devices will help your child’s eyes and give them a chance to get back outside as it warms up.

Spend More Time in Natural Sunlight

As you encourage your child to take a break from near work, one of the best ways to enjoy that newfound time is to get outside! Natural sunlight, even in the classroom, can be protective of myopia. Be sure to wear some sunblock as well!

If Your Child Has Myopia, We Can Help!

What many don’t realize is that myopia can seriously affect a child’s future eye health and vision. Having myopia in childhood significantly increases the risk of developing serious eye diseases and conditions like glaucoma, retinal detachment, cataracts, and macular degeneration in adulthood. 

The good news is that myopia can be effectively managed to reduce the risk of future eye disease. At Treehouse Eyes, we offer the latest and most effective myopia management treatments to limit the progression of myopia so that your child can live his or her best life. 

Check out real stories from satisfied parents and children sharing their experiences with our professional doctors, staff, and myopia treatment protocols at Treehouse Eyes.

Prevent serious, sight-robbing eye diseases by scheduling your child’s myopia consultation today. Contact your local Treehouse Eyes provider today and see your child’s quality of life improve before your eyes!

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Get the Facts About Myopia: What You Should Know

Updated April 1, 2022

Given the rapid increase in childhood myopia being seen in the U.S., the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their guidance on managing myopia in children. Both organizations now recommend children play outdoors more to delay the onset of myopia and support proactive treatment of myopic children to reduce the progression and eye disease risk associated with higher myopia later in life.

What is Myopia?

Myopia is a disease where the eye grows too long, resulting in blurry distance vision and increased risks of serious, sight-threatening eye diseases, such as glaucoma¹, cataract², or retinal eye diseases³. An estimated 1 in 3 children in the U.S. have myopia and the prevalence has grown dramatically over the last 30 years⁴. Research has shown lack of outdoor time for kids and more near work, like reading and time on screens, drive the massive increase we are seeing in myopia⁵ – ⁷.

Myopia Progresses As Your Child Grows

Myopia generally begins in childhood and progresses throughout the school-age years, usually stabilizing into the late teens.

Because the eye grows in tandem with the body, it’s only natural that it stops elongating once the rest of the body stops growing in early adulthood. This also means there may be times in a child’s development where they experience growth spurts and suddenly require a higher prescription. There are ways to effectively treat myopia in order to prevent it from progressing as the child grows. Slowing myopia early on can make all the difference to your child’s eye health as they age.

Natural Sunlight Can Help

Myopia incidence is rising in kids. Less time spent outdoors and more time on near work such as reading and device use has led to higher instances of myopia. This is a global phenomenon that is most acute in developed countries, and current estimates state half the world’s population will be myopic by 2050

In fact, a recent study found that increased exposure to outdoor light reduces myopia development.

There Are Now Treatments for Myopia

There is hope for parents is there are several treatments now available that can slow or even stop the progression of myopia in children. These treatments, usually involving a customized contact lens or prescription eye drops, are proven to slow down the elongation of the eye so a child’s vision does not deteriorate as quickly. Parents should talk to their eye doctor about their child’s risk for myopia and if their child is a good candidate for treatment.

Treehouse Eyes Can Help Prevent Myopia Progression

The good news is we help prevent or slow down myopia progression in kids—just like yours—so they can have their best shot at academic and social success!

The Treehouse Eyes eye doctors use state-of-the-art equipment to develop a personalized treatment plan for your child. Our non-invasive treatments include customized contact lenses and special prescription eye drops. Moreover, data shows that our patent-pending Treehouse Vision System® treatment plan can decrease myopia progression by 78%

Prevent serious, sight-robbing eye diseases by scheduling your child’s myopia consultation today. Contact your local Treehouse Eyes provider today and see your child’s quality of life improve before your eyes!

Check out real stories from satisfied parents and children sharing their experiences with our professional doctors, staff, and myopia treatment protocols at Treehouse Eyes.

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