Myopia: Another Epidemic Emerging from Asia

By: Margalit Katz, Optometrist at Amplify EyeCare
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Myopia is on its way to becoming a global epidemic

By: Margalit Katz, Optometrist at Amplify EyeCare

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is on the trajectory of becoming the leading cause of blindness worldwide. The epidemic is prevalent in east and Southeast Asia where 80% to 90% of high school students are myopic and the incidence of this condition is increasing worldwide. This drastic rise in myopia is attributed to the change of lifestyle affecting our children’s development. Nowadays, kids spend much more time indoors staring at digital screens that are up close, as opposed to allowing for necessary development of our visual system by spending hours playing outdoors in the sunlight. The covid-19 pandemic has not helped either, as many people around the world increased their time spent in front of digital screens. Nearsightedness is increasing globally, to the extent that at this rate it is projected that by 2050, it will affect 50% of the population around the world. We at Amplify EyeCare understand that this cannot be ignored and it is important for this matter to be discussed and addressed now.
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The grave health risks of Myopia

When a person has a prescription for glasses or contact lenses to correct nearsightedness that keeps getting stronger, they face the risk of serious implications due to their high level of myopia. They have a higher risk of glaucoma, cataract, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and most severely, blindness. At Amplify EyeCare Manhattan we have amazing new technology enabling us to take action and offer solutions to this global problem. We can help slow down the progression of myopia using a variety of treatment options, ranging from soft contact lenses to orthokeratology.
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Dr. Sarah Pinkhasov is passionate about myopia management, helping her patients find the best method of treatment for their needs and lifestyle. She has special training in this field, including fitting and managing orthokeratology. She will be happy to answer all your questions, discuss your concerns and to provide the best eye care possible.
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