What is Myopia?
Most people know this term as near-sightedness. If you are near-sighted, you will have difficulty with seeing objects far away. This is often the result of the eyeball itself getting longer with age.
Why is Myopia Control needed?
According to the National Eye Institute, 33% of the U.S. population is affected by myopia today. This percentage has increased significantly over the past few decades. Besides quality of life and dependency on glasses or contact lenses, other health issues associated with higher levels of near-sightedness include myopic macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, retinal holes, tears, and detachments; all of which can be sight threatening.
What is Myopia Control?
Myopia control is a set of supervised treatments to prevent the increase of near-sightedness in young children. Several options are available to prevent the worsening of near-sightedness, depending on the child’s needs and demands.
Corneal Reshaping Treatment (CRT) – Paragon CRT Contact lenses gently and temporarily reshapes the front surface of the eye while sleeping to correct near-sightedness without wearing glasses or contact lenses during the day. You can check out more information at their website, https://www.paragonvision.com/.
Eye Drops – Low dose atropine eye drops can be used for myopia control. In regular doses, the drops dilate the pupils and temporarily stalls the focus system of the eye. In lower dosage used for myopia control, minimal impact is seen on both the pupils and focus system while lowering the risk for increased near-sightedness.
Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses – Soft contact lenses not only reduce the reading effort, but they create a ring of increased power surrounding central vision that sends a “stop signal” for further increases in near-sightedness. The signals for this growth are in the peripheral retina.
If interested, call and make an appointment today to see if your child may be a candidate!