Slow the progression of your child’s nearsightedness.
Does your child have difficulty seeing distant objects?
Myopia (nearsightedness) typically starts to develop in childhood and often progresses until about age 20.
Slowing the progression is important because it may reduce the risk of developing serious eye conditions later in life such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and blindness.
There are several treatment options to slow the progression of myopia. Schedule an exam at Lifetime Optometric to learn more.
Myopia is on the rise
Nearsightedness is a growing concern in the US and other countries.
It is estimated that by the year 2050, roughly half of the world’s population will be affected by this eye condition.
Many researchers believe the rise can be attributed to more time spent staring at screens and less time outdoors.
How do you “control” myopia?
Determining a myopia control plan for your child starts with a visit to your eye doctor. Schedule your appointment now.
There are a few main approaches to controlling myopia in children, including:
Dual Focus Contact Lenses
Dual focus contact lenses are special contacts that have different powers in different zones of the lens. Unlike multifocal contacts, dual focus contact lenses have an alternating treatment and correction zone.
Ortho-k — also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) or “corneal reshaping lenses” — is a non-surgical approach that helps to reshape the curvature of your child’s cornea using specially designed gas-permeable contact lenses.
Ortho-K contact lenses are only worn during sleep at night and are used to temporarily correct mild to moderate myopia symptoms.
Evidence suggests that nearsighted children who undergo several years of orthokeratology may end up with less myopia as adults.
Atropine eye drops
Topical atropine is a medicine used to dilate the pupil and temporarily relax the eye’s focusing mechanism and has been used in myopia control for years.
Several studies show that low-dose atropine helps to reduce the progression of myopia in children, especially when combined with Ortho-K lenses.
Why Measure Axial Length in Myopia Control Patients?
Always aiming high to provide the best care for patients, Lifetime Optometric is one of the few optometric practices in Fresno to offer this test that measures the axial length of the eye. The axial length measures the distance between the front surface of the eye to the back of the eye. Children that are nearsighted will have a longer eye than normal. It is a quick but an important test that will help assess the risk for progression and for monitoring treatment of myopia.
If you’d like to learn more about myopia control, request an appointment at Lifetime Optometric today.