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Q&A on Myopia Control with Dr. Scott Lewis – Part 1

We asked Dr. Lewis about Myopia Control in Vancouver and we will be publishing the answers to this over the next several weeks. Here's part 1.

What is Myopia? What is the progression?

Myopia, which is also referred to as being nearsighted, is a condition where images that are far away come into focus in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina. This causes distance vision blur. Myopia is often progressive. This means that children that are diagnosed with myopia often need stronger and stronger glasses or contact lenses over time.

What age does it begin and when does it stop progressing?

Myopia can begin at any age, but often it begins in childhood. Having two nearsighted parents makes a child 5 times as likely to become myopic themselves. Myopia progresses most rapidly during the teenage years and often into the 20s. Myopic progression usually slows down into the late 20s and 30s, but does not always completely stop.

Why is the progression of Myopia a health concern?

Research has shown that myopia significantly increases the likelihood of developing numerous eye health diseases. Myopic patients have a higher risk of developing glaucoma, retinal detachments, and myopic macular degeneration. The most severe forms of these diseases can lead to blindness.

At what age should you start controlling the progression of Myopia?

Myopic children should be seen annually because they can progress quickly. Early onset of myopia is correlated with higher degrees of myopia development. Higher myopia leads to higher risks of sight threatening disease, so myopia control measures should be considered at early ages. Ultimately, the decision of when to initiate myopia control measures is made on a case by case basis between the doctor, patient, and their parents/guardians.

To learn more about Myopia Control click here.

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD