What is Myopia?
Myopia is when an eye develops to become slightly longer from front to back, causing images far away (television or road signs for example) to be blurry. When myopia is present, far away vision is blurry, and the vision improves the closer the person gets to the viewed image. Some Doctors like to describe myopia as when the eye is slightly larger than its supposed to be.
What is Myopia Control?
The Southland Eye Myopia Clinic provides advanced, evidence-based treatments to children with nearsightedness (myopia). Children typically develop myopia in their early school years and increase in myopia until they reach early adulthood. During this crucial period of growth, various treatments can be initiated in an attempt to slow down the progression of myopia.
The Myopia Clinic
After a comprehensive eye exam and a confirmed diagnosis, schedule an appointment for a Myopia Control consultation. During that consultation, the doctor will review and make some recommendations as to what options best fit the goals of the parents and child in question.
What can be done for Myopia?
The following options will be discussed:
- Glasses: There is evidence that bifocal spectacles have a positive effect on slowing myopia. The exact mechanism is not thoroughly understood, however, the effect appears promising!
- Contact Lenses: Research shos that some very specifically designed soft and rigid gas permeable contact lenses may slow the progression of myopia.
- Medications: There is very strong evidence behind the use of medications to slow myopia. The side effects are nearly non-existent, and the effect is good!
- Orthokeratology: for over 40 years rigid lenses have been used to “mold” the cornea to lower myopia. Over time, not only does the treatment allow the patient to see better after removing the contacts, there is a long-term slowing effect of myopia progression.
- Refractive surgery: many patients opt to pursue refractive surgery to eliminate the need for glasses. There are many new options to discuss.
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