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Dr. Keriotis' article on Nearsightedness Control was chosen as the winner of Angie's List "Expert" article. Click the photo below to read the full article.
The world's population is getting more nearsighted. A study funded by the National Eye Institute found that the prevalence of nearsightedness(myopia) increased 66% for those aged 12-54 years old in the US since 1972. The World Health Organization predicts that half of the world's population will be nearsighted by the year 2020.
For years it has commonly been believed that there is no way to stop the worsening of our children's vision. Eye doctors thought that genetics and eye growth pre-programmed our eyes as to how nearsighted we will become. Doctors(myself included) would tell parents that their child's eyes are going to continue to worsen until the eye stops growing and there is no way to stop it.
In the meantime, thicker and thicker glasses or stronger and stronger contact lenses would be prescribed year after year. However, this rapid rise in nearsightedness around the world is occuring much too quickly to be explained by genetics alone. Science now tells us that something can be done to slow the progression of nearsightedness.
The science of nearsightedness control has evolved rapidly over the last several years. There are now methods that can slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.
The Center for Nearsightedness Control at our Vestavia & Birmingham optometrist can now offer these cutting edge technologies that have been shown to stop the progression of nearsightedness. Currently, we offer 3 methods to control nearsightedness in children(click each link for a more detailed explanation of each option):
Don't sit by idly watching your child's vision worsen. Schedule your consultation today to discuss which of these options is best for the needs of your child.
For more information about nearsightedness and it's control, check out http://myopiaprevention.org/
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