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Posted On: 01/23/2019

The Myopia Management Service at University of Houston- University Eye Institute was recently feature in a UH Moment. This service provides advanced, evidence-based optical treatments for children who became nearsighted before age 10 and/or are progressing myopes. Children typically become myopic in their early school years and experience increases in their prescription until they reach early adulthood. It is during this time of rapid myopic progression that treatments offered by the Myopia Management Service will have the maximum impact.

Progressing Myopia and Eye Disease
While myopia is partly genetic, research now points to environmental factors as a contributor to this epidemic. More screen time and less outdoor time could be affecting the development of childrens' eyes during these critical years of growth.

Although some children's myopia progresses at an earlier age than others, myopia increases typically occur between 7-18 years of age. Myopia is more than an inconvenience that causes children to need stronger glasses each year.  It is a disease that may continue progressing into adulthood and is associated with an increased risk of eye diseases such as:

  • Retinal detachments
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration.

Typically, the higher the myopia, the greater the risk of developing these conditions. However, research now indicates that any amount of myopia increases the risk of vision-threatening eye problems in later life.

If you have any questions or would like more information about our service you can contact us the following ways:
Myopia Service: (713) 743-2016
UEI Main: (713) 743-2020
Email: myopia@central.uh.edu