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The Myopia Epidemic

Now considered a major health concern, myopia (nearsightedness) has increased by 66% in the United States since 1971. Onset can begin as early as age 6, and early detection is the key to prevention and reduction of potentially serious complications later in life.1

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What is Myopia

Nearsightedness: A Real Children’s Health Concern

Nearsightedness (myopia) is a common vision condition diagnosed during a basic eye exam. For those who are nearsighted, objects that are farther away appear blurry. Myopia is caused by genetics, as well as other environmental factors. For instance, staring at any object for too long can cause the eye to elongate — it’s this elongation that leads to myopia.

What are the Symptoms?

Headaches

Caused by excessive eyestrain

Difficulty driving

Especially at night

Feeling fatigued

When driving or playing sports

Blurry vision

When looking at distant objects

Squinting

Or partially closing the eyelids to see clearly

The Consequences of Untreated Myopia

When left undiagnosed and untreated, myopia (nearsightedness) can lead to a host of complications, such as reduced ability to learn, and later in life:2


  • Cataracts tend to develop sooner in nearsighted eyes.
  • Nearsighted people are 2 to 3 times more likely to get glaucoma.
  • Myopia increases the risk of retinal detachment.

An eye care professional, such as an optometrist or ophthalmologist, can perform a simple examination to determine if the vision issues you’re experiencing are caused by myopia — and put a treatment plan in place that may prevent further complications associated with myopia.


Myopia is Growing at an Alarming Rate

0%

Increase in myopia cases in the USA since 19713

0.5 Billion

People will be affected by myopia by 20204

Age 0

When children can start to develop myopia5

0%

of urban Asian children suffer from myopia6

Could My Child Be Nearsighted?

Keep An Eye On Their Future

If your child displays one or more of the following habits, he or she should be evaluated for myopia:

  • Persistent squinting
  • Needing to sit closer to see
  • Holding books very close while reading
  • Seeming to be unaware of distant objects
  • Excessive blinking
  • Rubbing eyes frequently
  • Poor grades or falling behind in school
Myopia Assessment

What Causes Myopia?

Genetics is the primary cause of myopia, or nearsightedness; children inherit the tendency to develop the eye condition from their parents.8 Also, how a person uses their eyes — such as frequently performing detailed or up-close work, or regularly using computers, tablets and cellphones — may have an influence on the progression of nearsightedness.7



 

How CRT Contact Lenses Treat Myopia

Imagine a world in which you insert contact lenses at night before bed, and then awake in the morning, remove the lenses, and enjoy the corrective benefits all day long. You could eliminate the distortions, reflections or blur coming from the contaminated surfaces of your glasses or contact lenses and the hassle, discomfort and dry eyes typically associated with these traditional methods of vision correction. If this scenario has caught your eye, then Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) may be the solution you’ve been looking for.

Paragon CRT® contact lenses offer a much more natural vision because no lens is being worn during your daytime hours. This therapeutic contact lens gently reshapes the cornea while you sleep to temporarily correct nearsightedness. Upon waking and removing the lenses, you will experience clearer vision without glasses or contact lenses throughout the day.

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If you or your child have been diagnosed with nearsightedness (myopia) or display some of the common symptoms, Paragon CRT® contact lenses offer a non-invasive and non-surgical treatment option. Schedule an appointment for a complimentary screening with a certified Paragon CRT contact lens eye care professional today.


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