More than 50% of children across the world will become myopic (nearsighted) by adulthood. Adults with moderate to high levels of myopia have an increased risk of blindness from cataracts, retinal degeneration and glaucoma.
As myopia rates increase, doctors are looking at ways to prevent children from becoming myopic. Research has shown that myopia control strategies, including eye drops, special contact lenses and glasses, can slow down or stop the progression of myopia in children.
Optometrists at Children's Mercy are well educated in these strategies and offer a myopia control program to kids at risk for this eye condition. We want the best for your child—that’s why we base our treatment plans on the most current, evidence-based research and only recommend treatment for those who truly need it.