What is Myopia Control?
Myopia control is a term used to describe methods that work to slow or halt the progression of myopia. Although there are no cures for myopia, certain techniques can help effectively prevent myopia from worsening. At Perspective Eye Center, we offer 3 types of myopia control that may work to keep your vision from deteriorating any more than it already has.
It’s also important to note that if your child has been diagnosed with myopia, starting myopia control as early as possible is the best way to preserve their vision.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal contact lenses have been proven to slow the progression of myopia in children. These contact lenses are specially designed to suit your child’s eyes, and most parents have reported them as safe and easy to handle. They are daily disposable lenses, so you don’t have to worry about storage, and they are incredibly effective in preventing myopia from worsening.
Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, is a myopia control method that involves wearing specialty contact lenses overnight while you sleep. The lenses are typically rigid gas permeable and exert gentle pressure on the cornea to reshape it temporarily. Once removed, the cornea will remain reshaped for the day, providing “lens like” effects and clearer vision. However, the results from Orthokeratology are temporary, and vision will return to normal if you stop wearing the lenses.
Atropine is a medication available in both eye drop and ointment form to help slow myopia’s progression. There have been several studies on the application of atropine and its effects on children with myopia, each showing its ability to stabilize or reduce myopia effects. Your child’s treatment plan may vary, but we will discuss what will work best during your appointment.
At Perspective Eye Care, we want your child to enjoy the benefits of clear vision for as long as possible. If you have questions about myopia control, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.