National Public Radio’s Medical Detectives Explore Increased Nearsightedness in the US

Photo of Child gazing out windowIn December 2009 we covered the results of a recent study Myopia Increasing Rapidly in The US Population. Recently National Public Radio’s Medical Detectives interviewed, Dr Susan Vitale, principle author of the study “1994-2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey” and Dr. Don Mutti, an expert in myopia.  It’s a good listen and only a little over 3 minutes.

With myopia increasing at such a rapid rate in our population will it be long before the use of orthokeratology to slow the progression of myopia in our children becomes the standard of care?

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Pink Sherbet Photography,  D Sharon Pruitt

One response to “National Public Radio’s Medical Detectives Explore Increased Nearsightedness in the US

  1. I firmly believe that there is a strong correlation between time spent doing near tasks and near-sightedness. Why is near-sightedness on the rise?…Our culture is no longer agrarian as it once was. Each year, more and more students are pushed toward higher education and with that comes more time spent doing activities at near.

    I’m excited about the SMART study and the potential for ortho-K to reduce the myopic progression. Keep up the good blog posts Dr. Driscoll.

    Dr. Ryan W. Nelson
    Iowa EyeCare, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
    http://www.iowaeyecare.com