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Myopia Awareness Week And The Importance Of Pediatric Eye Exams

little girl at an eye exam 640x350Clear vision opens up a world of possibilities for children, allowing them to explore, learn, and grow confidently. However, a concerning trend is emerging in our modern era of screens and sedentary lifestyles: the rise of myopia, or nearsightedness, among young ones.

That's why at Premier Eye Associates, we are participating in Myopia Awareness Week by spreading valuable information about this growing issue and the urgent need for early detection and management.

If your child has myopia or is at risk of developing it, contact us to schedule their myopia consultation today.

Understanding Myopia in Children

Myopia is a common refractive error that affects the ability to see distant objects clearly. In individuals with myopia, light entering the eye focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it, leading to blurred distance vision. While myopia can affect people of all ages, its prevalence among children has steadily increased.

Genetic and environmental influences may be significant contributing factors to myopia development in children. Research suggests that genetics can predispose a child to develop myopia if one or both parents have the condition.

However, genes alone do not tell the whole story. Environmental factors, such as prolonged near work (reading, screen time), lack of outdoor activities, and reduced exposure to natural light, have also been linked to the development and progression of myopia in kids and teens.

Pediatric Eye Exams: Key to Early Detection

When it comes to safeguarding the visual health of our children, regular pediatric eye exams serve as crucial checkpoints in detecting myopia at an early stage. These comprehensive examinations go beyond evaluating visual acuity; they provide a holistic assessment of the child's eye health and visual development.

Early detection of myopia is vital because it allows for timely intervention and management. By identifying myopia in its early stages, eye care professionals can implement appropriate strategies to slow down its progression, potentially reducing the risk of high myopia and associated complications in the future.

Pediatric eye exams are pivotal in identifying myopia and other vision-related issues affecting a child's overall eye health. Eye conditions such as astigmatism, amblyopia (lazy eye), and strabismus (misalignment of the eyes) can be detected during these comprehensive exams. Detecting and addressing these conditions early can significantly improve a child's visual outcomes, and quality of life, not to mention academic success.

Exploring Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS)

One innovative and effective option to consider when managing myopia in children is the Gentle Vision Shaping System. This non-surgical approach offers the potential to slow down the progression of myopia and reduce or eliminate the need for corrective eyewear during the day.

GVSS involves the use of specially designed gas-permeable contact lenses that are worn overnight while sleeping. These lenses gently reshape the cornea – the eye's clear front surface – to correct the refractive error and leave your child with crisp, glasses-free vision all day. The reshaping effect of GVSS allows light to properly focus on the retina, providing clear distance vision for 1–2 days.

This myopia management technique offers several advantages, particularly for children.

  • Firstly, it provides freedom from glasses or daytime contact lenses, allowing children to participate in various activities without using visual aids.
  • Secondly, GVSS delivers a proactive approach to managing myopia progression by gently reshaping the cornea overnight. Children who use GVSS have clinically significant reductions in myopia progression. Managing and decreasing nearsightedness means lowering your child’s risk of future eye diseases, such as retinal detachment, cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
  • GVSS is a safe and reversible process, meaning the cornea returns to its original shape once the lenses are no longer worn. This makes it a viable option for children as their eyes continue to develop and change.

Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS) – A Closer Look

The GVSS approach begins with thoroughly evaluating the child's eye health and visual needs. A trained eye care professional at Premier Eye Associates will assess various factors, such as the degree of myopia, corneal shape, and overall eye health, to determine the child's suitability for the GVSS program.

Once deemed suitable, the child is fitted with custom-designed gas-permeable contact lenses tailored to their unique eye characteristics. These lenses are worn overnight, during sleep, and work by gently reshaping the cornea to correct the refractive error associated with myopia.

The GVSS program emphasizes personalized care and ongoing monitoring. Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled to assess the progress of myopia management and make any necessary adjustments to the contact lenses. This individualized approach ensures that the treatment is optimized for each child, promoting the best possible visual outcomes.

Protect Your Child's Vision: Schedule a Pediatric Eye Exam Today!

Don't wait until your child’s prescription is high – take action now! Schedule a comprehensive pediatric eye exam to ensure your child's eyes are healthy and catch any potential vision issues, including myopia, early on.

Booking a pediatric eye exam gives your child the best chance at clear vision, proper visual development, and timely intervention if needed. Our experienced eye care professionals are here to guide you through the process and provide personalized care for your little one's eyes.


Exciting News! Premier Eye Associates is thrilled to announce the opening of our new location in Medford, NJ as Medford Eyewear Center will be joining our family!
Additionally, we’ll be merging Wasser and Edelstein Eye Care in Maple Shade into our Marlton practice location.
We are welcoming three exceptional new doctors, Anthony Starr, OD; Gary Edelstein, OD; and Vicki Wasser, OD, to our team as well!