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What is Myopia?

myopia graphic, optometrist, eye care, Milton, ONMyopia, also known as near-sightedness, is the most common refractive error of the eye and it has become more prevalent in recent years. Studies have shown in 2010, approximately 28% of the world was myopic and an estimated for 2050 has increased to 50% myopes.

 

myopia graphic, optometrist, eye exam, Milton, ONMyopia is defined as light focuses in front of the retina. This results in blurry vision that is worse for distance objects as compared to near objects. Myopia results when the length of the eyeball also known as the axial length of the eye (measured from the front of the cornea to the back of the retina) is elongated. The higher the degree of myopia, the greater the distance vision blur and the closer the point of clear focus becomes for the individual.

Why is my child nearsighted?

myopia progression graphic, Optometrist, eye exam, Milton, ONGenetics play a role. If both parents are myopic, there is a higher risk of the children having myopia. Research has shown that children who spend more time outdoors are at lower risk for childhood myopia.  Children who spend a lot of time engaged in near tasks (reading, computers, hand-held electronics) have a higher risk of becoming myopic.

 

 

With the progression of myopia, there is an increased risk of complications in the eyes. These include but are not limited to cataracts, glaucoma, myopic maculopathy, retinal hole, retinal tear and retinal detachment.

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Dear Patients,

Today, under directions from the College of Optometrists of Ontario, we have made the difficult decision to immediately suspend all non-urgent care,  due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our doctors will still be accessible for ocular emergency assessments case by case. The clinic is closed.

All non-urgent appointments will be canceled and rescheduled for a later date. For urgent care please DO NOT call or come to the clinic, but send an email to: info@miltoneyecare.ca for appropriate triaging.

For patients who need to order contact lenses, please continue to place your order request on our website at www.miltoneyecare.ca. We encourage a 6-12 months’ supply of contact lenses to be ordered.

What consists of an emergency: Ocular Emergencies require an urgent visit within 24-48 hours. Please email our office should you experience:

  1. Chemicals splashed into the eye within the last hour
  2. Sudden loss or decrease in vision, or the appearance of a cloudy veil in front of the eye
  3. Foreign body in the eye, ocular injury or forceful trauma to the eye or surrounding area
  4. Sudden onset of halos around lights; especially if associated with a red painful eye or brow
  5. Sudden onset of flashing lights or floaters
  6. Sudden onset of double vision
  7. Red eyes with pain, light sensitivity or pus discharge
  8. Swelling of eyelid

If you are not sure if you are experiencing an ocular emergency please email our office at info@miltoneyecare.ca

 As this situation evolves, Milton Eye Care is committed to providing updates to our patients. While this is a difficult time for all, we are aspired by our patients who have taken their own personal measures to protect our most vulnerable. Thank you for your understanding. Please stay safe and healthy.

Warmest regards,

Milton Eye Care team