Sally Dillehay, OD, EdD, FAAO
As more information is released into the lay press about myopia1 and its potential for vision loss,2 patients and parents may inquire about ways to slow its progression. They may also seek second opinions, which raises the question: When is treatment for myopic progression not warranted?
To answer this question, examining the main risk factors for the development of myopia is helpful.
Some of these factors apply more to onset than to progression of myopia, but it is useful to assess each potential contributor as part of the overall evaluation. The more risk factors that are present, the more likely a child will become myopic and/or progress.