Myopia (nearsightedness) is becoming a growing problem in the world. A new study suggests that by the year 2050 almost half of the world’s population will be myopic compared with about 25% in the year 2000. The concern with the increase in nearsightedness is not only the need for glasses at a younger age but because of the higher risk of ocular disease. Individuals with high myopia have a higher risk of cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration. Although there is no one way to cure myopia, several studies have suggested different ways to slow down both the onset and progression. These include environment changes, specific contact lenses (MiSight) multifocal glasses, atropine eye drops and ortho-Keratology. Myopia can start developing in the early school years and will typically progress most rapidly in the preteen years. Because of this we recommend starting these interventions at the earliest signs of myopia and would typically target children between the ages of 8- 12. We are happy to discuss these options in more detail during a routine examination of your child.