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Located next to AT&T and Oscar Delta in Forney

Located next to AT&T and Oscar Delta in Forney

Myopia Control

What Is Myopia?

Sometimes it may feel like scientific terms are thrown around, and it’s easy to ignore learning about it. But myopia is an extremely common condition, more commonly known as nearsightedness. Beginning treatment at an early age in childhood is key to controlling the issue and have the best possible outcome!

Dealing With Myopia

If you have any experience dealing with myopia, you’ll know that year after year you’re required to get a new prescription, and chances are the prescription continues to get worse from childhood into early adulthood. By being aware of and controlling myopia, you can halt the advancement of the condition and keep your children from being at risk for extreme sight loss, and other future issues such as cataracts. Studies show that children that develop myopia are up to 300% more likely to end up with glaucoma, and almost 100 times more likely to have a case of retinal detachment.

Treatment Options

There are several treatment options available currently that can help control myopia. Technology has come a long way in the field, and these cutting edge options can help your child’s quality of life and general health. Be sure to discuss with your doctor all options for the best plan of treatment.

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The first option is Atropine, administered as eye drops. These medicated eyedrops contain atropine – also known as the drug used to dilate your pupils during eye exams. This option doesn’t necessarily halt the advancement of myopia, but it can help with eye strain and headaches caused by trying to focus on far objects.It essentially relaxes your eye. This option is best used short-term, and is most likely to be given to those in late childhood or adulthood. Studies have shown that this form of treatment can be the most effective, but keep in mind that every eye is different, and that your optometrist will take your situation into account when prescribing treatment.

Another treatment is orthokeratology (also known as “Ortho-K”). These are contact lenses which are worn overnight instead of during the day. They can temporarily “fix” myopia, that way you don’t require contacts or glasses while awake. These lenses can help so much, that you’ll have 20/20 vision throughout the day without any vision correction device being required. They essentially work the same as braces - but on your eyes. Ortho-K gently molds the eye with the goal of slowing down myopia progression and can serve as a non-surgical Lasik-type treatment. 

If you have more than one sight issue such as near and farsightedness multifocal contact may be the perfect option. There are glasses and contact lenses that can be created with multiple prescriptions in one, that way your vision can be corrected more efficiently. You won’t have to worry about switching back and forth between glasses dependent on what you’re doing, and they can now be made without any lines or missed spots. There have also been studies on multifocal lenses, which show that myopia progresses up to 50% slower by using them instead of traditional lenses. Glasses can still have a benefit, but at this time show to be less effective than the lenses.

Risks Of Myopia

With increasing myopia, there’s a larger risk for other ocular diseases. For example, you may be more susceptible to glaucoma and retinal detachment. But keep in mind that myopia is very common, and can be treatable to the point of being under control. Be sure to stay on top of your and your child's’ vision exams on an annual basis, and speak with your doctor about any questions or concerns you may have.

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