Ophthalmology & Optometry/Son's drastic vision changes

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Hi, when my son was 5 he had -.50, and every year it gets much worse. He is now 9 and in April it was -3.75 and -2.75. Yesterday he asked me the time and I told him to just read it on the cable box and he couldn't. It is about 1/2 in letters 10 ft away if that matters, I wear glasses as well and I can read it and about 6ft further. I'm taking him back for a check up but my question is, is this a normal progression? It seems to be getting bad quickly since four years ago. I'm worried about how much worse it can get and if maybe there is something wrong with his eyes or overall health. The Dr at his last check up said his eye health seems good or he would be worried more, and he said if they drop another point (I say point because I forget the term) then we might look into permanent contacts to keep his eye from changing? That makes me super nervous, he would only be ten their going to have to grow & change right?
Thank you for your time.

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Progressive myopia is hereditary and often time the offspring have stronger prescriptions than the parents .  The largest changes occur usually between the ages if 8- 16 when the front to back dimension of the eye increases fractionally.  I mm of growth represents 3  dioptors  of .change which represents a blur equivalent to 20/200.     The treatments are eyeglasses, contact lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses to halt the progression , orthokeratology , and when he stops growing and changing, refractive surgery like LASIK.   Hope this helps. Dr ken  

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DR. KENNETH BERGER

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Any and all questions with regard to ocular ailments, eye diseases as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, etc , eye and visual sympomatology, eyeglasses, contact lenses, low or subnormal vision, pediatric vision conditions,and special and unique ailments will be discussed.

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36 years of clinical experience in opticianry and therapeutic optometry. Still in private practice with special interests in vision conditions, diagnosing and treating ocular ailments, prescibing treatment plans which include medicine, eyeglasses, and contact lenses primarily. Although surgery is not within the realm of my area of expertise, I co-manage many pre and post -op surgical cases which include Lasik and PRK procedures.

Organizations
New Jersey Society of Optometric Physicians American Optometric Association

Education/Credentials
B.A.,1968, Hunter College of the City University of New York B.S.,1970, Pennsylvania College of Optometry O.D.,1973, Pennsylvania College of Optometry Therapeutic Pharmaceutical Administration Certification, New Jersey 1992

Awards and Honors
Clinical Efficiency Award, 1973, Pennsylvaania College of Optometry

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