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Slow Nearsightedness: Myopia Management Options

Experts believe that the earlier patients with myopia undergo treatment to slow or halt its progression, the better their overall long-term vision will be. In many instances, it can even prevent patients from the early onset of many serious eye conditions. And the good news is that most myopia management options can be started as young as 8 years of age. Here’s what you need to know about myopia management. Treatment options.


Importance of Routine Pediatric Eye Exams

Your child(ren) should have his or her first eye exam at 6-12 months of age, if possible. If no problems are present, your child’s next exam will be between the age of three and five and then before starting school. Once your child starts kindergarten, annual eye exams are recommended.  


How's your child's prescription?

Does your child's prescription seem to get worse year after year?  Childhood myopia (nearsightedness) is on the rise and it's more than just needing stronger glasses.


Multifocal Contact Lenses

Specially designed multifocal contact lenses adjust the distance focus just like a regular contact lens, but they also adjust the way vision is focused at intermediate and near.  These specific adjustments ultimately result in slowing the elongation of the eye…or slowing the progression of myopia.


Atropine

here are a number of studies that show Atropine in 1.0% concentration can control the progression of myopia up to 75% or more.  However, there are many side effects to using the drop at this concentration, including pupil dilation which causes increased light sensitivity and the inability to focus on near objects.  


What is orthokeratology (ortho-k)?

Orthokeratology is the fitting of a specially designed gas permeable contact lens or mold that is worn overnight.  The mold gently reshapes the cornea (front surface of your eye) so that when the lens is removed in the morning, vision is clear, and daytime glasses or contacts lenses are not needed.  It is similar to how braces or retainers work for teeth .  


What causes myopia?

Myopia or nearsightedness is generally caused by the eyeball growing too quickly.  This causes light to enter the eye and focus in front of the retina which causes distance vision to be blurry.


What is myopia management?

Myopia management is a growing area of eye care focused on slowing the progression of childhood myopia.  Myopia (nearsightedness) most often occurs when the eyeball grows or elongates over time.  This causes vision at a distance to become blurry.  Once a child becomes myopic, progression tends to occur.  Also, the younger a child becomes myopic, the greater the chance for progression and higher amounts of myopia.


New Arrivals to our Optical

Lafont Glasses have been a leading expert in the creation of quality eyewear since 1972. Lafont Glasses come in a variety of colors and styles that have been crafted to perfection.


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