Myopia Risk. Did You Know nearsightedness can increase risk of eye disease? Dr. Nathan Schramm, OD

Nathan Schramm he opened his business
few years ago and he was lucky enough to find us and we were lucky enough to know
about him and I think his business – when he started to build to be a
tremendous business he’s very successful he’s doing very
well he’s always giving back to the community and I know when the people
come in knock on the door like me he’s always there for us. He’s my eye
doctor – great glasses – my daughter picked them out you know from three years ago. I can’t even select any pair of underwear for me – my daughter – my wife does that
but anyway – that’s the lucky part, right? But I would like to introduce him and
first before I do that I want to thank you very much because the partnership we have with you – this man’s customer service is a hundred percent, a hundred percent. I mean, really (inaudible)
real customer service, you know that’s what it’s all about but first of all I want to, in the name of, the Americas and I
want to thank you for your support in – you got five minutes – the time keeper will let you know. He doesn’t even give you get a second extra so Thank you for the kind words. Thank you the America family “famelia- familia” (laughter) (In Spanish) I’m trying to learn Spanish my name is Dr. Schramm from Natural Eyes of Weston I’m an optometric physician, certified
nutrition specialist and a fellow of the Scleral Lens Education Society what I want to talk to you today a
little bit about is myopia and some of the problems down the road with myopia
which is nearsightedness and the epidemic in this country with children developing myopia. This photo is really not accurate – all
these kids – most of the time they’re wearing glasses. That might be a better, accurate one there. (all children in photo are wearing glasses) What I’d like everybody to do is stand
up just like they’re doing in this photo. Ok. And.. if you need to wear glasses to function
or contact lenses to function – because right now they say about forty percent
of the population needs to wear glasses or contact lenses – if you’re between the age
of 18 and 44 go ahead and sit down and get to wear
glasses or contacts up pretty much all the time to function. So that’s actually more
than forty percent – okay. (From audience) Not everybody can see. (Laughter) Yeah! The people that are sitting, if you – if you’re nearsighted and you
guys were to get married and have kids you got about seventy five percent – in this day and age – seventy five
percent chance that your child is going to need to wear glasses – spectacle (myopic) correction. For those of you
who are still standing, if you’ve had a LASIK, refractive surgery, or
cataract surgery or something that was done to your eyes so you don’t have to wear
glasses or contact lenses, have a seat. Okay and now the rest of the people, if you only have to wear them part time for certain functions, go ahead and have a seat. So now everyone who’s standing – (laughter) everyone who’s standing has perfect
eyesight or is in denial (greater laughter) the ones that are standing if you were
to you know get married have kids you have a twenty-five percent chance of
having kids that are are nearsighted if you were to marry somebody who was
sitting down it’s about forty percent chance of having kids that are nearsighted and the ones that
are standing it you even more important for you guys to be coming in for eye
exams because most likely (laughter) it’s been a while. You can have a seat. AlI the ones that were
standing there we have a special… (laughter) I do have a little
special gift for you, see Lourdes or Marisela. to be serious
for a second – this is a lady who has cancer in her eye. Thirty five year old Hispanic
female (20/20 vision) and we saved her life. I get really stressed about
people not wanting to have their eyes dilated because without dilating this
patient’s eyes and she didn’t want to be dilated I could have missed it & she would have died. So if you want to know what if you have myopia or hyperopia – back
to, you know, a little a bit more of a relaxed subject – if you have – can people
see the “E”? Are you able to see the “E”, I don’t know if the screen is big enough. It’s not really a true chart but if you want to
know what you have myopia take off your glasses and if pretty
much things have gone pretty blurry you’re probably myopic you might be
farsighted – hyperopic if you’re older. When you get older it gets hard to
see from far away and reading. So if you’re myopic just grab a business card
or everybody grab a business card and if you see it clearly then – if it’s blurry – if you see clearly than you’re
probably myopic or you have good, good eyesight. If it’s still blurry at arms length,
bring it in until it gets closer at some point it will get clear. That means
you’re myopic – you have – you’re myopic you can see things up close but not far away. I got a minute left okay so with myopia
you’re about twenty-two times more likely to have a retinal deattachment with higher degrees, three times more likely of having
glaucoma, and we can stop this or prevent this in children. Since 1971 there’s been
a sixty-six percent increase in myopia – nearsightedness – now there’s a myopia
control clinic in Berkeley, California I have one in my office, at Natural Eyes of Weston – where we are trying to prevent myopia. You know, with a
special retainer that’s worn only at night-time – no
surgery, no glasses, no kidding. The only time (laughter) and no daytime contacts, so they only
sleep with at night-time and they see clear the rest of the day. So it’s really
amazing technology and we do a lot on children because it helps prevent the
eyes from getting worse each…

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