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Myopia tends to begin in childhood when the patient is undergoing a period of rapid growth. You are also more likely to experience myopia if one of your parents has the condition. Nevertheless, the condition is progressive and in the vast majority of cases, it will continue to get worse into adulthood and put you at risk of myopia-related complications such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment - unless you consider myopia management.
Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of adult blindness in the United States, and your risk for developing it increases as you age. While 1 in 14 Americans over the age of 40 have AMD, it goes up to 1 in 8 for those who are over the age of 60.