For centuries scientists and clinicians have debated whether myopia (near-sighted vision) is Genetic or Environmental in origin. Modern studies have assessed those who spend more time outdoors, pupil sizes, exposure to certain wavelengths of light and other key factors and found that indeed, myopia can be slowed and even reversed!
Many key influencing factors have been evaluated, looking for the ‘single holy grail’. To even consider a single ‘cure’, one has to truly understand all the internal and external influences on eye growth or ’emmetropization’ which is the proper growth of an eye in relation to its host body such that light is focused perfectly on the retina without need for external assistance such as eyeglasses or contact lenses. Foveal health, peripheral hyperopic defocus, pupil size manipulation and blur circles are all evaluated and parts of the tool-box we clinicians can utilize. A child’s age, habits, current prescription, family history and disposition also weigh in the equation of what and how to treat.
So, in summary without deeply describing the theory, studies, results and therefore treatment protocols based upon multiple variables – we CAN significantly affect a child’s myopic tendencies and therefore have tremendous impact on their interaction within the learning environment. By extension, this can very positively affect a child’s development. Alpine EyeCare Center has pooled information from reputable sources and is able to offer you real solutions.
I’d welcome your child (and his/her family) into our Boulder, Colorado clinic for a full evaluation and treatment options.