Myopia control refers to the specific treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. It aims to keep children’s prescription as low as possible to protect their vision and reduce the risk of eye diseases later in life.
In today’s post, your local provider of contacts, Eye and Vision Care, tackles different methods used for myopia control.
Myopia is one of the most common refractive errors. About 30 percent of children and teens are nearsighted. Treatment options vary depending on the severity of a child’s condition. It’s important because eyes change the most during a child’s developmental years.
Comprehensive eye exams can determine if your child has myopia and how far it has progressed. Your eye doctor will recommend treatment options if needed.
Corneal refractive therapy or orthokeratology makes use of overnight contact lens that reshapes the cornea as a person sleeps. It slows the advancement of myopia and gives your child clear vision during the day without eyeglasses or contacts.
Atropine Eye Drops
These eye drops are typically used to reduce pain related to some types of eye inflammation. Atropine eye drops dilate the pupil and temporarily deter the eyes’ ability to refocus to soothe focusing fatigue. This method is recommended for children with high prescriptions together with Ortho-K.
Multifocal Contacts or Eyeglasses
Multifocal contacts and eyeglasses provide clear vision at all distances for those with refractive errors. Studies discovered that daily multifocal lens and eyeglass wear in children reduced the progression of myopia by at least 50 percent. Multifocal lenses can also be worn during the day. Moreover, multifocal glasses also helps in preventing myopia progression, especially when worn for reading or computer use.
Protect your child’s vision today so they continue to see clearly in the future. Visit Eye and Vision Care for an eye exam for early detection and treatment of myopia. We offer various optical solutions for treating myopia. Call us at (703) 988-2571 or complete our online form to schedule an appointment. We cater to patients in Fairfax, VA.