Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a condition that affects both children and adults. Since myopia is a progressive condition, kids with nearsightedness often have much worse eyesight by the time they are an adult. Myopia control allows us to successfully slow the progression of this disorder.
This condition is caused by an elongated eyeball or steep cornea, creating a focal point that is in front of the retina. Objects near the eyes can be focused on, while anything far away is blurry. It is extremely common and only becoming more prevalent in school-aged children.
Children rely on their eyesight for learning. Myopia makes it difficult for them to see the front of the classroom. Single vision glasses and contacts can fix the distance vision but creates strain for near vision. An eye exam with an optometrist can identify vision problems early on, giving your child the best opportunity to control their myopia.
There is no cure for nearsightedness, but we can slow or halt progression.
Controlling myopia could change the future of the condition. Proper myopia control has been proven to slow the progression by half. The most effective method to impede nearsightedness is by reducing eye strain.
CRT or ortho-k is a method of myopia control that corrects a child’s vision at all distances without them having to rely on contact lenses or glasses during the day. Instead, the child wears special contact lenses overnight which gently reshape their corneas while they sleep. In the morning, the child can see clearly at all distances without any additional correction. This effect will last as long as the child continues to wear their special contact lenses while sleeping.
Contact lens hygiene can often be a concern for children, which is why we offer MiSight 1 day lenses by Coopervision. These single-use lenses are the first of their kind, offering up to 50% reduction in the progression of myopia.
Both multifocal contacts and multifocal glasses are made with a gradient prescription. When focusing on far away objects the vision is corrected to allow clearer vision. Alternatively, the prescription in the area used to focus on objects close-up is less strong, allowing the eyes to use their natural focusing abilities.
Ask an optometrist if myopia control could work for you or your child.
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