November 10, 2022 · 7:00 AM
Myopia, aka nearsightedness, is extraordinarily widespread and may begin in childhood or younger adults. Over time it may well result in early-onset cataract, retinal detachment, and glaucoma. MedPageToday has an eye-opening article on therapies that may stop myopia development and problems. For instance:
Widespread evidence-based therapies that provide each statistically important and clinically significant efficacies embody daytime multifocal gentle contact lenses (MFSCL), in a single day orthokeratology (ortho-k), and topical low dose atropine (LDA). Novel spectacle lenses additionally confirmed a promising myopia-inhibiting impact, albeit with restricted availability in U.S. on the present second. On common, these choices gradual myopia development by 30-70% in comparison with typical single imaginative and prescient glasses or contacts. With correctly chosen early interventions, not solely the event of myopia stabilizes at youthful ages, the endpoint of the development can also be a lot decrease, leading to considerably decrease danger of problems. Moreover, with decrease degree of myopia at stabilization, many myopic sufferers could possibly be good candidates for refractive surgical procedure with given corneal thickness.
I get the impression from the article than therapies must be began in childhood.
Steve Parker, M.D.