The condition known as myopia, or nearsightedness, is becoming more and more common throughout the world. People that have myopia have a generally longer eye ball which causes a de-focusing of light as it enters the eye, making the person unable to see at faraway distances. Low amounts of myopia are generally easy to manage with glasses and contacts, however as the eye becomes longer we must consider not only needing thicker glasses and higher powered contacts, but also keep in mind the fact that this elongation contributes to increasing risk of retinal detachments, cataracts, macular degeneration and glaucoma.
“Myopia Control” refers to methods of intervention used to slow down the progression of myopia, especially in children who are diagnosed with myopia at younger ages and show rapid progression. Once myopia sets in, the eye can continue to elongate well into your 20s. Studies have shown that wearing standard glasses and contacts have no statistically significant effect in slowing down myopic progression. However at our office we offer two methods of myopia control that have been proven through long term studies to reduce the progression of myopia up to 50%.
These two methods are 1. Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) and 2. Application of low-dose Atropine drops once daily.
Both of these methods are clinically safe. If you as a parent are concerned about the progression of your child’s prescription, we would be happy to determine if either method would be appropriate for your children.