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Why Glasses Are Not the Solution for Progressive Myopia

What Is Progressive Myopia?

Girl on laptop wearing glassesMyopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error that causes blurred distance vision. It occurs when the eyeball grows too long, causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it.

Progressive myopia is nearsightedness that worsens each year, requiring a significant increase in vision correction of at least half a diopter.

Myopia progression is a rising concern among eyecare professionals because there is overwhelming scientific evidence that high levels of myopia are a risk factor for serious eye diseases in the future, such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration. Is your child's prescription rapidly changing? If so, contact Giddens Optometry in Georgetown. We offer myopia management, which can help slow down or even halt rapidly progressing myopia.

Why Are Glasses Not A Solution?

For decades, distance vision glasses have been prescribed to nearsighted patients to correct myopia, but according to the latest research, they may actually cause myopia to worsen.

Glasses correct distance vision by manipulating the way light is focused onto the retina. However, glasses only offer clearer central vision but don’t address images in the peripheral visual field. To compensate for this blurred peripheral vision, the retina actually stretches out in length — rendering the eye more nearsighted and exacerbating the underlying cause of worsening myopia.

What Is Myopia Management?

Myopia management is a specialized, scientifically proven program that slows or halts myopia progression in children and young adults.

If your child’s myopia has been rapidly increasing each year, myopia management can help slow it down or even halt its progression.

At Giddens Optometry, we will assess your child’s eyes and vision and discuss the best myopia management strategy that will be most effective in controlling your child’s myopia progression.

To schedule your child’s myopia consultation, contact Giddens Optometry in Georgetown today!

Our practice serves patients from Georgetown, Limehouse, Acton, and Halton Hills, Ontario and surrounding communities.

Frequently Asked Questions with Dr. Ben Giddens

Q: #1: How does myopia affect a child?

  • A: A child with uncorrected myopia will typically experience eyestrain as they attempt to focus on faraway objects to see them more clearly. Other symptoms include headaches, tired and itchy eyes, blurred vision, and neck and shoulder pain.

Q: #2: Why are glasses not a treatment for progressive myopia?

  • A: While glasses correct progressive nearsightedness through ever-stronger prescriptions, they don’t treat the underlying problem: the elongated shape of the eye.


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a3ef93d0 34de 453f b5f4 5ffd895a5f85 (1)A Letter from Dr. Ben Giddens

Hello friends, I have retired!

I had 37 years of good fun in Georgetown and loved the gift of meeting so many warm and friendly people! I am very sorry that I didn’t have the time to chat with everyone about my exact plans, and felt guilty over that at times. It was not an easy task. If anyone wants, or needs to contact me, please send an email to my office and I will reply.

I am 66 years old and still feel like I am in good health. My wife died of cancer in 2021 but I have good friends and family and a fun life. I recently moved back to Toronto which is where I grew up as a teenager. I have an active outdoor life and have many ski trips and travel plans in front of me. Lots of interests and activities to explore with an overriding sense that I am a lucky guy. I am also a grandfather now.

I have always tried to employ staff and optometrists who have a heart. I think that is where the office is at today and I hope it continues. Everyone knows their work, and the heart matters.

Ben.