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HOW TO KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS EXPERIENCING MYOPIA

Unless your child is eager to get glasses, he or she may not tell you about their vision issues. So, how do you know if they need help? Signs of myopia in kids include:

  • Holding books, tablets, or <br />
homework close to the face

    Holding books, tablets, or
    homework close to the face

  • Sitting too close <br />
to the TV

    Sitting too close
    to the TV

  • Squinting or closing <br />
one eye to read

    Squinting or closing
    one eye to read

  • Frequent headaches

    Frequent headaches

  • Excess watering <br />
of the eye

    Excess watering
    of the eye

  • Rubbing eyes

    Rubbing eyes

Worsening school or athletic performance, or withdrawal from those activities could indicate a vision problem. Asking to sit at the front of the classroom also may be a sign that your child has trouble seeing.

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WHAT IS MYOPIA?

Myopia, most commonly called nearsightedness, is a visual condition that causes poor long-distance vision. In other words, close-up objects appear clear but far-away ones are blurry.

Normal Vision
Myopia Vision

MYOPIA IS ON THE RISE

The presence of myopia is increasing globally at an alarming rate. The American Academy of Ophthalmology estimates that by 2050, 50% of the world’s population will be dealing with myopia (versus 23% today).

Myopia Stats

And that number is growing!

 

 

WHY?

While there is a hereditary factor, experts overwhelmingly agree the significant increase in recent years is related to environmental factors, including increased screen time and less time spent outdoors, which can result in a deficiency in natural sunlight exposure.

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PEDIATRIC MYOPIA MANAGEMENT AT CARGO EYE CARE

Many parents are concerned about children becoming more nearsighted as they are increasingly using more digital devices for both instructional and leisure time. This worsening of nearsightedness over time is called Myopic Progression.

 

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO SLOW MYOPIC PROGRESSION IN CHILDREN?

Myopia is related to how your child’s eyes are growing. For this reason, it’s important to control the progression of this vision-stealing condition.

  • As your child’s eyes grow and their myopia increases, dependency on glasses increases
  • Poor vision can reduce the ability of children to participate in sports and other activities
  • Increasing myopia can lead to eye health problems in the future, including an increased risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration, all of which can cause irreversible vision loss

At Cargo Eye Care, we are proud to be on the leading edge of treatment for Myopic Progression.

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MYOPIA MANAGEMENT

Myopia Control is a type of therapy we offer our pediatric patients who are systematically becoming more and more nearsighted.

We offer the following options:

ATROPINE EYE DROPS

Several studies have shown that atropine 0.01% drops are effective in slowing myopia progression in young children. This easy, minimally invasive treatment consists of an eye drop applied daily at bedtime for one year. That’s it! Our clinical team will follow up with the patient every three months to monitor for any changes.

MISIGHT 1-DAY CONTACT LENS

This is the first easy-to-use, single-use soft contact lens that is clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8-12 years old. It works by correcting vision and slowing the elongation of the eye through ActivControl™ Technology. Over three years, MiSight reduced myopia progression by 59%, versus a single-use contact lens that only corrects vision.

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MEET OUR DOCTORS

  • JONATHAN CARGO, OD

    JONATHAN CARGO, OD

    Founder of Cargo Eye Care, Dr. Cargo specializes in ocular therapeutics, disease treatment and comprehensive vision care.

    A Metroplex native, Dr. Cargo graduated from University of Texas at Austin with a degree in molecular biology. He spent a year apprenticing with a pediatric ophthalmologist before completing his graduate work at Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry. He holds an extended scope license that allows him to prescribe oral medications and treat glaucoma. He also has advanced training in laser and minor surgery.

  • REENA PATEL, OD

    REENA PATEL, OD

    Dr. Reena Patel is a therapeutic optometrist/glaucoma specialist. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Houston College of Optometry. She has an extended scope license that allows her to prescribe oral medications as well as treat glaucoma.

    During her clinical rotations, Dr. Patel gained incredible experience in the treatment and management of ocular disease, pediatric care, specialty contact lens fitting, and more.

IS PEDIATRIC MYOPIA MANAGEMENT RIGHT FOR MY CHILD?

At Cargo Eye Care, we are committed to improving the quality of life of all our patients with the opportunity to see better. We want to make sure parents are aware, informed and equipped to make important decisions for their children’s ocular health.

 

WHO IS A CANDIDATE?

  • Children up to 17 years old
  • Progression of myopia 0.50D or greater
  • Family history of myopia