Myopia, also known as shortsightedness and nearsightedness, is the most common ocular condition worldwide. A person who is myopic is able to see near objects clearly while distance objects are blurry. This condition is becoming more and more prevalent. The number of myopic people worldwide is expected to reach nearly 5 billion by 2050, up from 2 billion in 2010. While many possible contributing factors have been investigated, including genetics and diet, some of the environmental factors thought to play a role include our increased dependence on near tasks including the use of smartphones, tablets and computers, and a decrease in time spent outdoors.
The rising incidence of myopia comes with significant public health concerns such as the increased dependence on glasses and/or contact lenses and the increased risk serious ocular conditions associated with myopia, including retinal detachment and glaucoma. As such, an extensive amount of research has been done in the area of myopia control. Myopia control is the name of treatments used to help slow a person’s, typically a child or teenager’s, myopic progression. Treatment options include the use of a prescription eye drop (Atropine), multifocal soft contact lenses and Orthokeratology (Ortho-K).
We stock a variety of kids eyewear lines for kids and babies. We also feature frames from Nano Vista, a company with kids in mind. They understand the need for durable and multi-purpose frames to adapt to a child's busy lifestyle. The frames are made of a specialized material that can flex and bend, making them kid proof. The frames come in a multitude of colours and shapes that are fun for kids. Sports bands easily clip on and off the temples to adapt for sports wear.
This program recognizes that children's vision can change rapidly and that kids are hard on their glasses. Through this program a second set of lenses is available to children under the age of 16 years for an 18 month period following the original lens purchase and can be used for ANY REASON: chipped lens, scratched lenses, lost glasses, prescription change, etc.
Our doctors are able to fully assess a child at any age and level of development with fun and interactive tests that differ from that of an adult exam. It is important to test all aspects of vision including eye co-ordination, focus, eye tracking, and peripheral function; as, 20/20 vision does not mean normal function. Poor visual acuity or ocular function can lead to difficulty with learning, focus and attention. Kids vision matters, maybe even more than that of adults. So don't forget to have your kids vision assessed.
First exam: at the age of 6 MONHTS OF AGE to detect any ocular conditions that may lead to the development of a lazy eye or life long poor vision (amblyopia).
Again, between the ages of 3-5 YEARS OF AGE to detect any visual function disorders or poor visual acuity that may lead to learning difficulties.
Follow-up annually between the ages of 6-19 YEARS OF AGE to monitor for the development of any new vision or ocular health issues.
We all remember to put sunscreen on our children to protect their skin from harmful UV rays, but don't often remember sunglasses to protect their eyes. We carry a variety of kids sunglasses that are bright and fun but more importantly are durable and offer full UV spectrum coverage.