Dr. Dwight Barnes Is a Myopia Control Specialist in Cary North Carolina

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(Newswire.net — October 25, 2018) — CARY, N.C. – Dr. Dwight Barnes is a local business owner, optometrist, a native of the Tar Heel State, and is considered one of the world’s premier authorities on the visual impairment known as myopia, or nearsightedness.

Dr. Barnes is part of a very elite fraternity of myopia specialists, and he brings unique insight and expertise to the Research Triangle area and North Carolina with the Myopia Control Clinic at Cary Family Eye Care.

A native of Wilson, NC, Dr. Barnes operates Cary Family Eye Care and is the resident optometrist at their Myopia Control Clinic, where he provides diagnoses and treatments designed to slow the progression of myopia.

Myopia is a visual condition that affects about four in 10 Americans (about 125 million people) currently, and is expected to impact half the World’s population in 30 years. The affliction is caused by the eye becoming progressively longer from the front of the eye to the back of the eye. This elongation causes the lens to focus an image in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina, which is where normal vision occurs. This condition means that people with myopia can see clearly at close distance but items at further distances look blurry or fuzzy.

Once a child becomes nearsighted they tend to get worse over time leading to higher prescriptions. These higher amounts of myopia significantly increase the risk of pathology such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment which can lead to permanent vision loss. Myopia is now considered an epidemic in the U.S. by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Barnes is an optometrist who specializes in myopia control, and is one of fewer than 150 specialists in the world to have the highest level of certification, as a Fellow of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. This certification means that Dr. Barnes is eminently qualified to serve the Research Triangle and residents of North Carolina with myopia and create a customized and targeted treatment program for each case.

As myopia is a structural problem, it cannot be cured but it can be treated throughout a patient’s lifetime by a variety of methods. These treatments range from the more common glasses or contact lenses to bring the image into focus, to more specialized treatments for younger patients to help keep the myopia from worsening over time.

Cary has one of the few clinics in America dedicated to diagnosing and treating myopia from the early stages. If you are diagnosed with myopia, or if you need an exam to find out, make an appointment with Cary Family Eye Care at (919) 465-7400, or visit the website at www.caryfamilyeyecare.com.