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Childhood Myopia Global Crisis!

What Is Myopia?

Myopia occurs when the eye elongates, causing light rays to focus in front of the light-sensitive retina rather than directly on it, while looking at something far away. So, people with nearsightedness perceive distant objects as blurred while close-up objects can remain clear.

Myopia tends to develop during childhood, when the eyeballs rapidly grow (along with the rest of the body), mainly between the ages of 8-18. It can worsen slowly or quickly, but it is not simply an inconvenience. People with progressive myopia are more likely to develop serious eye disease like cataracts, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and glaucoma later in life—conditions which may lead to permanent loss of vision and even blindness.

How To Know Whether Your Child Is Myopic

When it comes to the prevalence of myopia (nearsightedness), the statistics are staggering. By 2050, nearly half of the world’s population—about 5 billion people—will be myopic. Below are a few useful tips to help you prevent your child from being part of that statistic.

Below are some telltale signs to watch for

  • Blurred distance vision – Objects in the distance are blurred; kids may complain that they can’t see the board
  • Headaches – When myopia isn’t corrected, it can cause eye strain and headaches.
  • Head tilting or squinting – If your child squints or tilts his or her head while watching TV, for example, it may be a symptom of myopia.
  • Looking at objects too closely – If you notice your child moving closer to the TV or squinting as they try to see the writing on the board, it may indicate myopia.

What Parents Can Do to Slow Their Child’s Myopia Progression

  • Encourage your child to go outdoors for at least 90 minutes a day, preferably in the sunshine. Studies show that playing outdoors reduces the risk of developing myopia and slows its progression.
  • Limit the amount of time your child spends staring at a screen, reading and doing close work such as homework.
  • When your child uses a digital screen, make sure that it isn’t too close to the face.
  • Teach the 20-20-20 rule: During screen time, take a break every 20 minutes to look at an object across the room or out the window about 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.

How We Can Help

Certain eye doctors offer treatment methods known as myopia control or myopia management. These include orthokeratology, bifocal or multifocal contact lenses, and eye drops like low dose atropine. Regular eyeglasses and contact lenses don’t prevent its progression but do correct myopia so the child can see and function normally.

If your child shows signs of myopia, schedule an eye exam with Becken Vision Solutions in Queen Creek as soon as possible.

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How is myopia diagnosed?

Your child’s eye doctor will perform a thorough pediatric eye exam to diagnose myopia, which often includes a visual acuity test, where the eye doctor will use an eye chart made up of letters of varied sizes. If the test results indicate myopia, then the optometrist may shine a light into their eyes and evaluate the reflection off the retina to determine the degree of refractive error for their prescription.

Can myopia lead to blindness?

High myopia may increase your child’s risk of developing more serious eye conditions later in life, such as cataracts, retinal detachment and glaucoma. Left untreated, high myopia complications can sometimes lead to blindness—which is why routine eye exams are critical.

Becken Vision Solutions Leading Eye Care Services in Queen Creek, Arizona

At Becken Vision Solutions, vision center, near you, healthy eyes and sharp eyesight are our mission.

We provide a full range of eye care services to meet all of your visual needs! Our family-friendly practice offers comprehensive eye exams, treatment for ocular disease, co-management for LASIK, emergency assistance and more, for adults and children. We are located conveniently in Queen Creek, Arizona. Giving you easy access from many nearby communities.

For friendly and professional service, Call us for an appointment! (480) 372-8688

Regular eye exams with a qualified optometrist are critical to promoting your healthy eyes. It doesn’t matter whether you wear eyeglasses or contact lenses, or if you have no vision complaints. Comprehensive eye examinations are recommended for everyone, regardless of age or health condition. We invite all members of your family to schedule an eye exam in our clinic, and all neighboring areas in Arizona.

Dr. BeckenIf you need vision testing or a routine eye examination, our expert optometrist, Dr. Becken will inspect your eyes using the latest diagnostic technology, along with experience and first-rate skill. We are qualified and experienced with treating many common eye diseases and conditions, such as dry eyes, glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts and Diabetic retinopathy.

We are aware that it can be expensive to provide your entire family with professional eye care services and quality prescription eyewear. At Becken Vision Solutions, we want everyone to enjoy clear vision and benefit from our expert Optometrists. That’s why we are committed to helping our patients find ways to reduce the cost of their eye health and vision care. Medical and vision insurance plans both offer effective solutions.

Our eye care clinic will assist you to make the most of your insurance coverage. There are significant differences between medical health insurance plans and vision insurance, and many patients do not fully understand their benefits. We’ll be pleased to review your policy with you to explain what you are entitled to receive. We aim to make your eye care as cost-effective as possible!

We welcome you to benefit from our extensive range of efficient services at Becken Vision Solutions!

Our optometry practice, at 21055 E Rittenhouse Rd, Queen Creek, Arizona, offers:

Comprehensive Eye Exams

A complete evaluation of your eyes checks for much more than sharp vision and is
recommended routinely for people of all ages. Our eye doctors will check your
retina for any signs of disease, taking your personal health condition or
contact lenses into consideration.
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Pediatric Eye Exams

Eyesight and learning are linked strongly, therefore it’s critical to diagnose any pediatric vision problems as early as possible. With a kind and gentle manner, our eye doctors in Grove City and North Columbus, OH, are experienced at performing these exams.
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Dry Eye Syndrome

Insufficient moisture on the surface of your eyes causes this irritating condition. Symptoms include redness, soreness and an inability to wear contact lenses comfortably. We will assess your condition and provide effective treatment.
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Advanced Technology

Our clinics, in North Columbus and Grove City, OH, are furnished with the latest diagnostic
technology and optometric tools. We are committed to staying current with
medical advances, so that you receive optimal care for your vision and eyes.
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Computer Vision Syndrome

A contemporary, common problem, computer vision syndrome can cause eye strain, irritation or muscle pain. Extended periods of time spent gazing at a computer screen are to blame. Our eye doctors can suggest various strategies and solutions to help alleviate your discomfort.
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Orthokeratology

With Ortho-k, specialized contact lenses are worn while sleeping. These lenses reshape your cornea, which is the front surface of your eye, thereby correcting some cases of astigmatism and nearsightedness.
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Management of Ocular Disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetic retinopathy, cataracts, macular degeneration, glaucoma or other ocular disease, we’ll help take care of your eyes to prevent vision loss in the future.
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LASIK Surgery

LASIK may be a solution for you if you’re ready to get rid of your eyeglasses and/or contact lenses! We’ll meet with you in our Grove City and North Columbus, OH, offices to discuss the possibility of LASIK.
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Glaucoma Testing

To check for signs of glaucoma, we will measure your internal eye pressure and perform a detailed scan of your retina. This disease is often symptom less during the early stages, so it’s important to come in for routine examinations.
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Eye Emergencies

We are qualified to help treat eye emergencies. If you suffer irritation from a foreign substance in your eye, or damage due to a foreign object that gets stuck in your eye, we are here for you! Contact us immediately for guidance in the event of an emergency.
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Red, Pink or Sore Eyes?

If you suspect that you have an eye infection, we are certified to diagnose your condition and provide treatment. No need to always rush to your primary physician!
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Are you interested in wearing contact lenses, or need a new pair of lenses? Our optometrists will perform a detailed contact lens fitting, including for hard-to-fit patients. If you have a current contact lens prescription, we stock all the top brand-name lenses in many types. When your supply of contacts runs low, it’s easy and convenient to replenish from our Queen Creek office.

We look forward to taking a look at your eyes
and preserving your crisp, healthy vision!

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