Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that causes distant objects to appear blurry while close-up objects remain clear. Myopia has risen globally, particularly among children and young adults. Myopia Profile addresses this issue, several approaches to myopia control and management that aims to slow down its progression.

The term “myopia profile” refers to a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s myopia, taking various factors that can influence its progression and management, which includes the following components:

  • Refractive error. It measures the degree of nearsightedness (myopia) and determines the strength of corrective lenses needed for clear vision.
  • Axial length. The axial length of the eye refers to the distance between the front and back surfaces of the eye. It is an essential measurement in assessing myopia progression, as an elongated axial length is associated with higher levels of myopia.
  • Age of onset. Knowing when myopia first developed can provide insights into its potential progression rate. Myopia that develops at an early age tends to progress more rapidly.
  • Rate of progression. Monitoring the rate at which myopia worsens over time is crucial for determining the appropriate management strategies. It can be assessed by comparing the changes in refractive error and axial length over regular intervals.
  • Environmental and lifestyle factors. Factors such as near-work activities (reading or computer use), outdoor time, and family history of myopia can contribute to the development and progression of myopia. Understanding these influences helps in tailoring management strategies.

The profile may include recommendations for specific interventions, such as eyeglasses, contact lenses, orthokeratology, atropine eye drops, or lifestyle modifications aimed at controlling myopia progression.

Where to obtain the comprehensive assessment?

Here are some steps to follow:

  • Schedule an appointment. Contact an eye care clinic or practitioner to schedule an appointment specifically for a myopia assessment.
  • Consultation and examination. During the appointment, the eye care professional will conduct a thorough examination, which may include the following:
    • Visual acuity test
    • Refraction test
    • Slit-lamp examination
    • Axial length measurement
    • Discussion of medical history
  • Data analysis. Based on the examination results, the eye care professional will analyze the data. This profile may include information such as your current refractive error, rate of progression, axial length, age of onset, and recommendations for management strategies.
  • Discussion and recommendations. The eye care professional will discuss the findings of the assessment with you, explaining the implications and potential risks associated with your myopia. They will also provide recommendations for management strategies tailored to your specific needs and circumstances.

Maintain regular follow-up appointments to monitor any changes in your myopia assessment and adjust the management strategies as necessary.

Remember to ask any questions you may have during the consultation to ensure a thorough understanding of your myopia and its management.