Doctors say myopia, a common form of eye damage, can be caused by eye strain, inflammation, or both.
A new report by the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) found the condition was prevalent in children from birth through age 7, with up to 30 percent of Florida’s 1.3 million children and adolescents with myopia affected.
Myopia is a condition in which the eye is unable to properly see through objects that are larger than an average human eye can see.
While it’s common in the elderly, the condition is more common in children.
Myopia is also called macular degeneration, macular aberrations, and macular pigment disorder.
To find out more about myopia and the condition, read more.
About this storyIn Florida, myopia is the third most common eye condition.
There are currently over 1,300,000 children and teens with myopic disease, according to FDOH.
The report also found that of the estimated 1,000 to 1,600 Florida residents with myopias, 40 percent had been diagnosed as early as kindergarten, and 25 percent had suffered the disease from an earlier age.
“Children with myopy have a higher risk of eye complications, such as corneal ulcers, corneas ulcerations, conjunctivitis, cornea tear, corotitis, and corneovascular disease,” FDOH said in a news release.
“Children with this condition are more likely to have a cornealing problem and have a lower level of vision in the retina, which is where the light travels.
A cornealer may also cause eye pain.”
While eye strain is the leading cause of myopia in Florida, the state’s medical director said that children and adults are also at higher risk for myopia because of genetics and other factors.
“The cause of the myopia condition is not known, but it’s believed to be associated with certain genetic factors,” Dr. Scott Diggs said.
“We have seen that the genetic factors play a role in the myopic condition, but we have yet to determine the genetic basis for the myopy.”
Myopia in the United States is caused by mutations in the genes that cause the cell to make a protein called astrocyte.
As a result, myopic eye disease is more likely in individuals who have one copy of the mutation, rather than a large number of different copies.
The FDOH report found that more than half of all Florida residents who have myopia have a one-copy copy of that mutation, and a third have more than two copies.
According to FDoh, the average age of first myopia diagnosis was 9.5 years old.
The number of children with myopes is also increasing in Florida.
There were 865,000 adults with myope at the end of 2017, according the FDOH, and another 3.6 million people aged 18 to 64.
For more information about eye disease and eye surgery, visit the FDoh website.