Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error that occurs when the eye grows too long . This causes the distance vision to become blurry and can increase the risk of developing certain eye diseases.
Myopia is typically treated with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. However, there are now strategies to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.
How can we control myopia progression?
There are various strategies for slowing down the progression of nearsightedness.
1. Specialty contact lenses and glasses lenses
Specially designed contact lenses and/or eyeglass lenses can be utilized to reduce the progression of myopia in children. Our optometrists are trained and experienced in fitting these specialty lenses, and are certified MiyoSmart and MiSight dispensers.
2. Eye drops
One eye drop of low-dose atropine at bedtime can slow the progression of myopia in children. Getting an early diagnosis and using atropine consistently through the eye’s growth years are key for success with this strategy.
Ortho-K is the fitting of a special hard gas-permeable contact lens designed to be worn overnight. While asleep, the lenses gently reshape the cornea effectively correcting the myopia so the child can see clearly the following day, after the lenses are removed.
Ortho-K therefore corrects myopia during the day as well as helps slow down the progression of myopia over time.
Greely Optometry is proud to offer myopia control services.
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