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Matthew Wilkening, O.D.

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Myopia: Clearly on the rise

Posted by Matthew Wilkening, O.D. on Jul 26, 2017 8:22:00 AM

I’m seeing (sorry for the pun) more patients with myopia, or nearsightedness, lately. And it’s not just me. Actually, it’s a worldwide phenomenon. 

According to a recent article in the journal Nature, about half of young people in the United States and Europe have myopia. That’s almost twice the level of 50 years ago. And the myopia epidemic is really raging in Asia. Up to 90 percent of teenagers and young adults in China are nearsighted. In Seoul, South Korea, more than 96 percent of 19-year-old men have myopia.

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Topics: myopia, nearsighted

Presbyopia Appearing at Younger Ages

Posted by Matthew Wilkening, O.D. on Jun 10, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Getting older is something most of us don’t want to address. Not only does your body begin to slowly betray you, but often times, other things start to go as well – like your eye sight. New research has suggested that in addition to age-related presbyopia, an eye problem that makes it difficult to see things up close, the condition might be spurred on faster by an object you use every day – your smartphone. 

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Topics: eye condition, presbyopia

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