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MYOPIA CONTROL What Is The Big Deal?

50 yo Mayan Male:  -17.00  with Bilateral Posterior Staphyloma

Dr. Chapman is one of our new bloggers and expert on myopia control.

Myopia Control… Does It Really Matter?

As myopia control gains coverage in national media, some eye care practitioners find themselves asking the question:

  • Why should I care?

After all, what is the big deal if someone ends up -6.00 instead of -3.00? They are still myopic, right? They will still need glasses or contacts to see and function.

Let’s examine a few points that may shift your opinion towards advocating more strongly FOR myopia control.

Why We Care

  • Preventative Care Is King: If you were a cardiologist, you would counsel your patient to take action to reduce risk of a cardiovascular event. Lose weight, exercise, eat a healthy diet, etc.

  • (In fact, I would fire my cardiologist if he was content to let me be overweight and live on a diet of donuts!) As Eye Care Practitioners, we are constantly trying prevent adverse ocular events.

  • Early Onset Cataracts: Have you ever had to refer a 36 year old for cataract surgery? I have. Throwing a young person into full presbyopia overnight is not fun. I don’t like it. The cataract surgeon doesn’t like it. And the patient sure as heck doesn’t like it!

  • Glaucoma: The risk of developing glaucoma is 14 times greater in a -6.00 eye compared to an emmetropic eye. Stabilize that patient at -3.00 and their risk is only 4 times greater.

  • Retinal Detachment: Risk of retinal detachment in a myopic eye compared to emmetropic eye climbs from 3 times to 22 times as you move from -3.00 to -6.00!

  • Myopic Retinal Degeneration: As the eye grows from -3.00 to -6.00 the risk of retinal degeneration jumps from 2 times to a staggering 41 times!

It’s Our Job To Care

We are our patients biggest advocates. Embrace myopia control! Talk to your patients about it. Don’t let them hear about it from someone else. Stay tuned for future posts on myopia control nuances. ~ Cheryl

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