What is myopia?

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness, means you can see up close better than you can far away. It is the most common refractive error among children and young adults.

However, myopia is more than an inconvenience. High amounts of nearsightedness are associated with glaucoma, retinal breaks or detachment and maculopathy.

Is it true there’s more nearsightedness today compared to the past?

Myopia is increasing in all populations across the globe. It is estimated that more than 50% of the population will be myopic by 2050. This is due in part to changing lifestyles, children spending less time outdoors, and a well-established theory that excessive near work adds to the increase epidemic of myopia.

At Specs Appeal in Decatur, we strongly believe in controlling myopia and preventing disease. For every step of myopia progression controlled, decreases risk factors for retinal disease and improves our patient’s quality of life.

How We Can Help

We evaluate each myope (person with nearsightedness) and collect data to determine which method of control is best. We offer myopia control using spectacles, special soft contact lenses or pharmaceuticals.

To learn more about myopia (nearsightedness) and your child’s risk factors click here. Visit for another great resource to learn more about the condition. Call today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Nancy Truong and Dr. Minh Ta at Specs Appeal.