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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
"I'm so happy I do not have to wear glasses anymore. After I got the hang of putting in and taking out the lenses, I've had no problems putting them in at night or taking them out in the morning. I put them in and go to sleep, it's so easy! I take them out in the morning and I can see good all day. "
"We are blown away by how the Ortho K therapy is working on our 9-year-old-child in just a short amount of time. For us, it wasn't about Cade not wearing glasses anymore but the health of his eyes as he grows. Dr. Dennis and her staff are great at explaining everything to the patient as well as the parents. They are very patient and helpful as Cade learned how to put in his contacts. A couple of months into the therapy, Cade handles his contacts with ease and can put them in and take them out with no issues and he is seeing clear all day long. I am so glad we made the decision to do the Ortho K therapy. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a candidate. "