MYOPIA CONTROL STRATEGIES 

Regular comprehensive eye exams for your child at all stages of their development is extremely important to ensure a child’s vision will develop as it should and to diagnose any eye conditions that may be affecting your child. There are many eye conditions, such as strabismus and amblyopia that can be corrected easily if caught early but can do irreversible damage that will affect a child into adulthood if left undiagnosed and untreated for too long. However, one of the leading ocular disorder in adults that continues to progress is myopia or nearsightedness.

Myopia Control Strategies may include:
  • Orthokeratology Shaping System; “ortho-k” or Corneal Refractive Therapy

  • Atropine Drops

  • Multifocal contact lenses

  • Multifocal eyeglasses

Slow or Stop Myopia Control

While nearsightedness or myopia for many has been corrected through glasses or contact lenses, a modern concept has developed called Myopia Control. Myopia control is oriented to slow down or stop the progression of myopia since over the past few decades myopia has increased at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, the percentage of moderate to high myopia has grown in number and myopia control is becoming a major consideration for parents & their child’s eye health.

Levels of Myopia:
  • Mild myopia: -0.25 to -3.00 D

  • Moderate myopia: Between -3.00 to -6.00 D

  • High myopia: More than -6.00 D

Myopia Control reduces Risk of Ocular Diseases
Myopia Control Starts with You – The Parent

Your child’s eyes are his/her gateway into the world of learning. When your child’s vision is not functioning properly, learning and participation in recreational activities will suffer. Children are not likely to recognize vision problems like myopia, and it is, therefore, the responsibility of parents and teachers to recognize signs of visual problems in their children.

Children’s Eyesight May Change, Less Often With Myopia Control

Because changes in your child’s vision can occur without you or your child noticing them, your child should visit the Optometrist every year or more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist. Myopia control attempts to reduce the number of changes that may occur in your child’s vision. With a successful myopia control program, an Optometrist can provide your child with amazing vision, track your child’s rate of myopia, and provide a clear road to healthy eyesight and a successful future.

 

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