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Myopia (Nearsightedness) Prevention
Myopia is an eye condition that blurs
the distance vision but has a clear focal point
somewhere within arms reach. The greater
the myopia, the closer focal point.
Halting the progression of myopia could
impact the lives of about 42 million children
in the U.S. Once myopia begins in children
8 to 13 years old, it usually gets worse by
three quarters of a diopter per year. Eye glass
prescriptions are made in quarters. There’s
four quarters in a dollar and four quarters in
a diopter. If a child is first diagnosed with
myopia at the age of 8 and worsens at the
usual rate, he or she will be a -6.00 by the age
of 15. This means without visual correction
they will only be able to see clear at a distance
of six inches!
What causes nearsightedness? Don’t only
blame genes. Although, several studies have
shown that a child with one or both parents
nearsighted increases the risk of myopia,
genes can not fully explain the great surge
in myopia world-wide. Neither does extended
near work, such as reading and computers.
Studies on populations that have not adopted
a westernized lifestyle show that only 2%
are nearsighted, while the U.S. is 41.6% as
of 2004 and Asians are 60 to 80% myopic.
In 1900, Eskimos had a near sighted rate of
2% and by the 1950’s with the adoption of a
processed, sugary, westernized diet the rate
was around 50%! Genes and environment
play a role in myopia, but sugar may also
have a critical role. A number of studies have
shown that children with many cavities are
more likely to have greater degrees of myopia.
What can be done at home to prevent or
slow myopia?
1. Get outside at least 12 hours a week.
2. Minimize the amount of processed
sugar in the diet. It’s recommended to
consume less than eight teaspoons of
sugar a day, while the typical American
child consumes 22 teaspoons a day. (Four
grams equals one teaspoon) Added sugar
on the label can be called high fructose
corn syrup, refined sugar, cane sugar,
dextrose, agave nectar, glucose, and
sucrose to name a few.
3. Apply the 20/20 rule. For every twenty
minutes you read or stare at a computer/
smartphone, take a 20 second break and
look at the window or at something 20
feet away. The eyes need to focus and
work harder while doing near work and
they relax when viewing in the distance.
Another theory of myopic progression is
that the eyes become nearsighted due to
excessive near work.
4. Wear up-to-date glasses. When under
corrected (ie old prescription or not
wearing glasses) the eyes get worse at a
faster rate of nearsightedness.
What can be prescribed by your eye
doctor to prevent or slow myopia?
1. Orthokeratology lenses also known
as ortho-k, CRT, or GVSS. Very small
retainers custom fit to your eyes, worn
only for sleep and when removed in the
morning, you have clear vision throughout
the day! Works well for those who play
sports that don’t allow glasses and contact
lenses can get water or dirt on them, such
as water polo, volleyball, cheerleading,
football, baseball, and soccer to name a
few.
2. If not a candidate for ortho-k and myopic
progression is a great concern, a very
diluted dilating drop may be perscribed.
3. In select cases, reading, bifocal or
progressive glasses or multifocal contact
lenses or eye exercises.
Dr. Nathan Schramm, O.D., C.N.S. is an
optometric physician and an ocular nutrition
specialist. He is in practice with his wife, Dr. Julie
Abraham O.D., at various locations throughout
south Florida. The clinic is currently accepting
new patients for eye exams, glasses, contact
lenses, and eye disease management.
(954) 217-2992
www.naturaleyesofweston.com

South Florida Eye Doctors Restore Vision and Quality of Life to Their Patients
Source: Natural Eyes Of Weston
Dated: May 06, 2014
Drs. Schramm and Abraham, a husband and wife team presented case reports at a major medical conference, Vision by Design 2014.
WESTON, Fla. -- Dr. Julie Abraham  and Dr. Nathan Schramm from Fort Lauderdale, FL just returned from and lectured about scleral contact lenses at the annual educational conference of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (AAOMC) in Chicago, IL, USA.

 

Nathan Schramm, OD, CNS of Natural Eyes of Weston presented a case in which he restored his 22 year old patient's vision with keratoconus from legally blind to being able to drive again by fitting him in scleral
lenses.  Dr. Schramm also taught other eye doctors how to fit this incredible advancement in ocular
technology.

 

Julie Abraham, OD of Natural Eyes of Weston discussed a case that made her patient exclaim, "You changed my life!" because in glasses the patient was not comfortable and able to see well. Dr. Abraham fit her in X-cel's Atlantis Scleral lenses and she could now see better than 20/20 for both reading and distance vision. Plus, successfully treated her severe dry eyes.
Other international speakers presented on a variety of orthoK topics but the myopia epidemic, its impact on public health and new methods for slowing nearsightedness in children were the top priority.  Over 500 doctors attended representing the U.S., Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Mexico, Columbia, Costa Rica, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Poland, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand,Netherlands,Taiwan, England, Thailand and Scotland.

 

The AAOMC is part of the International Academy of Orthokeratology (IAO), a worldwide organization of orthokeratologists who provide a non-surgical alternative for the correction of nearsightedness, astigmatism, hyperopia, presbyopia and myopia control.    The AAOMC mission is to establish policy and to develop and update protocols and education for doctors performing corneal reshaping (orthokeratology) and myopia control.

 

Myopia (nearsightedness) is a progressive disease affecting 1.6 billion children and adults worldwide, with expectations that the number will hit 2.5 billion by 2020.  Extensive research has proven that orthoK can slow the elongation of the eye which contributes to progressive nearsightedness as well as increases the risk of retinal detachments and glaucoma.  20/20 vision can be restored in as little as one day to one month
depending on severity.   The treatment involves the fitting of a specialized gentle mold designed to reshape the eye surface during sleep refocusing/realigning the visual image to slow or stop eye growth.  The image focused by glasses and conventional soft lenses actually contributes to the growth of the eye, increasing nearsightedness.  For more information go to www.orthokacademy.com

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