Many individuals have myopia, better known as nearsightedness. While there is still no cure for myopia recent studies have suggested that there may be a way to control myopia in children and teenagers, slowing its progression.
Currently there are four types of promising treatments for controlling myopia:
Multifocal eyeglasses are an easy way to help control myopia in children. The Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET) found that children that wore multifocal eyeglasses experienced a small but statistically significant slowing of myopia progression compared to regular single vision lenses.
Multifocal contact lenses are another way you can help control your child’s myopia. These contact lenses have produced more impressive results than multifocal eyeglasses.
Multifocal contact lenses are special lenses that have different prescriptions in different areas of the lens, allowing them to correct nearsightedness in those with myopia while reducing eye strain at near. These contact lenses can be worn by individuals with or without astigmatism.
While low dose Atropine eye drops have been used to control myopia for years they do have some drawbacks. They offer effective, short term results but may lose their effectiveness after the first year of treatment, which may not control myopia significantly in the long run.
Atropine works by dilating the pupil, temporarily paralysing the muscles that allow your eye to shift focus from distance to near. It has a tendency to cause light sensitivity as well as blurred near vision. Unfortunately, atropine also has long lasting actions, taking a week or longer for the dilation and focusing effects to wear off.
Orthokeratology is a procedure that uses specially designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses in order to correct nearsightedness and other vision problems during sleep at night. By wearing these contact lenses at night you won’t have to wear contact lenses or glasses during the day.
However, some eye doctors also use these “ortho-k” lenses to control myopia progression in children, since evidence suggests that nearsighted children who undergo this treatment may end up with less myopia as adults.
These lenses may also be referred to as “corneal refractive therapy (CRT)” lenses or “corneal reshaping lenses”.
Myopia on its own is benign and can be easily corrected using contact lenses or eyeglasses. The problem arises from the fact that as children with myopia age it gets worse and they require thicker and thicker lenses to correct their vision.
High myopia has been associated with serious eye problems later in life including early cataracts and even detached retinas. By undergoing myopia control treatments you can help slow the progression of myopia in your child, reducing their risk of experiencing serious eye problems.
If your child has myopia request an appointment today. During your child’s pediatric appointment we will assess your child’s eyes and work with you to determine which treatment option is right for your child’s unique vision needs.
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