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Welcome To The Myopia Control Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta

Your child’s prescription seems to get worse all the time. It’s more than an inconvenience. It’s a serious risk to your child’s vision.

If your child’s prescription for nearsightedness is getting worse all the time, it’s more than an inconvenience. Myopia can be aggressive. As incidence rates of myopia drastically rise, it’s also the case that aggressive or progressive myopia is rapidly increasing too. This situation is much worse than needing stronger and stronger corrective lenses, glasses or contacts. Myopia puts your child at risk for a wide range of serious and potentially devastating eye conditions later in life. These risks include:

      • Cataracts
      • Macular Degeneration
      • Retinal detachment
      • Glaucoma

The more advanced the progression, the greater the risks associated with the Myopia. However, the research is now showing that any amount of myopia is dangerous.

At The Myopia Control Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta, we specialize in providing the greater Atlanta area with effective, specialized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or even halting the progression of myopia, we reduce these long-term risks to best ensure that your child enjoys seeing the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.

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Welcome To The Myopia Control Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta

Your child’s prescription seems to get worse all the time. It’s more than an inconvenience. It’s a serious risk to your child’s vision.

If your child’s prescription for nearsightedness is getting worse all the time, it’s more than an inconvenience. Myopia can be aggressive. As incidence rates of myopia drastically rise, it’s also the case that aggressive or progressive myopia is rapidly increasing too. This situation is much worse than needing stronger and stronger corrective lenses, glasses or contacts. Myopia puts your child at risk for a wide range of serious and potentially devastating eye conditions later in life. These risks include:

    • Cataracts
    • Macular Degeneration
    • Retinal detachment
    • Glaucoma

    The more advanced the progression, the greater the risks associated with the Myopia. However, the research is now showing that any amount of myopia is dangerous.

    At The Myopia Control Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta, we specialize in providing the greater Buckhead area with effective, specialized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or even halting the progression of myopia, we reduce these long-term risks to best ensure that your child enjoys seeing the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.

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What Is Myopia?

Myopia, also referred to as being “nearsighted” is a condition where light from objects in the distance focus in the front of the eye, instead of where it’s supposed to focus on―the retina. This causes distance vision to distort and become blurry. Myopia starts in childhood and progressively deteriorates into young adulthood.

What Is Progressive Myopia?

What Is Progressive Myopia?

Myopia is very often progressive. This means that the distance vision gets worse and worse, meaning your child constantly needs an updated stronger prescription and new glasses or contacts. Since learning is by and large visual, the progression of myopia often outpaces your child’s eye exams. Myopia, therefore, negatively affects your child’s school performance. What’s more, the rate of progression of myopia directly correlates with the risk levels of developing vision-threatening eye diseases. Typically, myopia is broken down into these categories:

  • High Myopia
  • Moderate Myopia
  • Low Myopia

Low, High, and Medium correspond to how far along the myopia has progressed, in other words, how strong a prescription is needed. The higher the myopia and the higher the rate of progression, the higher the risks to your child’s vision.

What Causes Myopia?

Myopic vision is caused when the eye becomes elongated and and overly-curved in the front. This causes the objects we see to become blurry at a distance. In short, the signals to our eyes get distorted.

The exact cause of myopia is not entirely clear, although it seems to be a combination of genetics and environment. More and more, the evidence is pointing to two factors which seem to greatly affect the incidence rates around the world: greatly reduced time outdoors and rapidly increasing time spent in front of digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets.

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Why Are Rates of Myopia Increasing? Is Myopia An Epidemic?

While the exact causes of Myopia are not entirely certain, what is certain is that rates of myopia are drastically on the rise throughout the world. In fact, over 10 million American children have myopia, nearly double the incidence rate of myopia as compared to only a 2 decades ago. Incidence of myopia in children is enough for it to be considered an epidemic, with the number expected to jump 40% worldwide by 2050. Myopia is currently the 6th leading cause of blindness worldwide, with that figure expected to rise.

You Treat Nearsightedness With Glasses Or Contact Lenses, Isn’t That Enough?

Corrective lenses such as regular glasses or contact lenses refocus the light to compensate for the myopia. This is what allows someone with myopia to see more clearly. However, Lenses DO NOT address the myopia itself: the elongated eyeball or overly curved front of the eye and the risks associated with it. Our eye doctor, Dr. Locke, prescribes special multifocal contact lenses and atropine therapy for Myopia Control. 

How Is Myopia Dangerous? Isn’t Myopia Just Inconvenient?

What many people don’t know is that myopia is dangerous. Over recent years, the research has conclusively shown that myopia significantly increases the likelihood of a number of serious conditions which can rob your child of sight as he or she ages. This includes: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Retinal Detachment.

  • Cataracts and Myopia
    A child with medium to high myopia is 5 times more likely to develop cataracts in his or her lifetime.
    Cataracts is condition where the lens of the eye clouds over and makes vision difficult or even impossible.
  • Glaucoma and Myopia
    Rates of glaucoma increase dramatically in children with myopia. A child with myopia is medium-high 3 times more likely to develop this serious condition, which occurs when fluid build up puts pressure on the eye causing irreversible damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness.
  • Retinal Detachment: Even Mild Myopia is Dangerous
    New research is showing that medium and high myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment. A child with mild myopia, -4 to -7, is 21 times more likely to develop retinal detachment, while children with high myopia, worse than -7, are 44 times more likely to develop this serious vision condition.

    Retinal Detachment is a condition where the retina literally detaches from the layers beneath it. This causes lost fields of visions, flashes of light, floaters, and even total loss of your child’s eyesight.

  • Myopic Macular Degeneration
    Myopia occurs because the eyeball becomes increasingly elongated. When the progression of myopia is extremely high, or, malignant, it can cause the retina to be stretched, causing tears to form in the macula and bleeding in the areas beneath the retina. This can cause irreversible vision loss and blindness. Children with -5 to -7 have a 44 time greater increased risk, and 126 time greater for children with high myopia.
Boy Big Dark Eyes

What Causes Myopia?

Myopic vision is caused when the eye becomes elongated and and overly-curved in the front. This causes the objects we see to become blurry at a distance. In short, the signals to our eyes get distorted.

The exact cause of myopia is not entirely clear, although it seems to be a combination of genetics and environment. More and more, the evidence is pointing to two factors which seem to greatly affect the incidence rates around the world: greatly reduced time outdoors and rapidly increasing time spent in front of digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Why Are Rates of Myopia Increasing? Is Myopia An Epidemic?

While the exact causes of Myopia are not entirely certain, what is certain is that rates of myopia are drastically on the rise throughout the world. In fact, over 10 million American children have myopia, nearly double the incidence rate of myopia as compared to only a 2 decades ago. Incidence of myopia in children is enough for it to be considered an epidemic, with the number expected to jump 40% worldwide by 2050. Myopia is currently the 6th leading cause of blindness worldwide, with that figure expected to rise.

You Treat Nearsightedness With Glasses Or Contact Lenses, Isn’t That Enough?

Corrective lenses such as regular glasses or contact lenses refocus the light to compensate for the myopia. This is what allows someone with myopia to see more clearly. However, Lenses DO NOT address the myopia itself: the elongated eyeball or overly curved front of the eye and the risks associated with it. Our eye doctor prescribes special multifocal contact lenses and atropine therapy for myopia control. 

How Is Myopia Dangerous? Isn’t Myopia Just Inconvenient?

What many people don’t know is that myopia is dangerous. Over recent years, the research has conclusively shown that myopia significantly increases the likelihood of a number of serious conditions which can rob your child of sight as he or she ages. This includes: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Retinal Detachment.

  • Cataracts and Myopia
    A child with medium to high myopia is 5 times more likely to develop cataracts in his or her lifetime.
    Cataracts is condition where the lens of the eye clouds over and makes vision difficult or even impossible.
  • Glaucoma and Myopia
    Rates of glaucoma increase dramatically in children with myopia. A child with myopia is medium-high 3 times more likely to develop this serious condition, which occurs when fluid build up puts pressure on the eye causing irreversible damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness.
  • Retinal Detachment: Even Mild Myopia is Dangerous
    New research is showing that medium and high myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment. A child with mild myopia, -4 to -7, is 21 times more likely to develop retinal detachment, while children with high myopia, worse than -7, are 44 times more likely to develop this serious vision condition. Retinal Detachment is a condition where the retina literally detaches from the layers beneath it. This causes lost fields of visions, flashes of light, floaters, and even total loss of your child’s eyesight.
  • Myopic Macular Degeneration
    Myopia occurs because the eyeball becomes increasingly elongated. When the progression of myopia is extremely high, or, malignant, it can cause the retina to be stretched, causing tears to form in the macula and bleeding in the areas beneath the retina. This can cause irreversible vision loss and blindness. Children with -5 to -7 have a 44 time greater increased risk, and 126 time greater for children with high myopia.

Control The Progression Of Your Child’s Myopia.

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What Is Myopia Control?

In recent years, a number of advanced methods have been developed to control myopia. Unlike glasses or regular contact lenses, the goal of myopia control is to slow or even halt the progression of myopia entirely. At the, The Myopia Control Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta, Dr. Takeia Locke will begin with a full assessment of your child’s myopia. We will then recommend a personalized treatment plan to slow or even stop your child’s myopia from getting worse. This is what will minimize the risks to your child’s long-term vision.

When Should My Child Start Myopia Control?

The more advanced the myopia is, the greater the risks. Therefore, our Buckhead Myopia Control Experts recommend starting Myopia Control as soon as myopia is detected. It’s important to halt the myopia before your child’s vision deteriorates any further. This is the only way to minimize the risks. It also has the significant benefit of keeping your child from needing stronger and stronger lenses over time.

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What Is Myopia Control?

In recent years, a number of advanced methods have been developed to control myopia. Unlike glasses or regular contact lenses, the goal of myopia control is to slow or even halt the progression of myopia entirely. At the, The Myopia Control Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta, Dr. Takeia Locke will begin with a full assessment of your child’s myopia. We will then recommend a personalized treatment plan to slow or even stop your child’s myopia from getting worse. This is what will minimize the risks to your child’s long-term vision.

The more advanced the myopia is, the greater the risks. Therefore, our Buckhead Myopia Control Experts recommend starting Myopia Control as soon as myopia is detected. It’s important to halt the myopia before your child’s vision deteriorates any further. This is the only way to minimize the risks. It also has the significant benefit of keeping your child from needing stronger and stronger lenses over time.

What Treatments Are There For Myopia? How Does Myopia Control Work?

There are two main treatments that our optometrist provides that are used for effective Myopia Control. These are:

  • Specialized soft multifocal contact lenses
  • Atropine Therapy

Each treatment option has its advantages and disadvantages. After we assess your child’s myopia, we will talk through all the options and develop a treatment plan that works best for your family.

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Child Sunset Mountain

Another way myopia can be controlled is by using soft, multifocal contact lenses, which your child wears during the day. By altering the near, middle, and peripheral focus, in addition to correcting distance vision, the eyes are forced to adjust. This slows down the elongation in the eye overtime and is an effective means to control myopia.

Atropine is a medicated drop, the very same which is used to dilate the eyes for an exam. In micro-doses (around 0.01%), atropine has been found to be highly effective at reducing myopia with no discernable side effects. Atropine Therapy is safe, and an ideal choice for children who are too young to begin ortho-k. What’s more, atropine can be effectively combined with other methods of myopia control. Newer research is even indicating success at reducing risk with pre-myopic patients.

Links to further research

High myopia as a risk factor in primary open angle glaucoma.
 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3530820/

Time outdoors and the prevention of Myopia.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23644222

Myopia and associated pathological complications.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16101943

The complex interactions of retinal, optical and environmental factors in myopia aetiology.
http://www.opt.uh.edu/onlinecoursematerials/PHOP6241/Berntsen/Fall%202016/Flitcroft%202012%20Review%20Reading%20Assignment.pdf

Five-Year Clinical Trial on Atropine for the Treatment of MyopiaMyopia Control with Atropine 0.01% Eyedrops.
https://www.aao.org/assets/28fe020e-5f93-4d06-aac1-889cecb15fb2/635835505202800000/atropine-for-myopia-5-yr-clinical-trial-ophthalmology-2015-pdf?inline=1

Outdoor Activity during Class Recess Reduces Myopia Onset and Progression in School Children.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23462271

Orthokeratology to control myopia progression: a meta-analysis.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25855979

Misight presented at BCLA 2017 | myopia care.
https://www.myopiacare.com/misight-presented-bcla-2017/

Defocus Incorporated Soft Contact (DISC) lens slows myopia progression in Hong Kong Chinese schoolchildren: a 2-year randomised clinical trial.
http://www.blinkstudy.org/images/4.pdf

Effect of Dual-Focus Soft Contact Lens Wear on Axial Myopia Progression in Children.
http://www.blinkstudy.org/images/2.pdf

Multifocal Contact Lens Myopia Control.
http://www.blinkstudy.org/images/1.pdf

Child Sunset Mountain

What Treatments Are There For Myopia? How Does Myopia Control Work?

There are two main treatments that are used for effective Myopia Control by our optometrist. These are:

  • Specialized soft multifocal contact lenses
  • Atropine Therapy

Each treatment option has its advantages and disadvantages. After we assess your child’s myopia, we will talk through all the options and develop a treatment plan that works best for your family.

Another way myopia can be controlled is by using soft, multifocal contact lenses, which your child wears during the day. By altering the near, middle, and peripheral focus, in addition to correcting distance vision, the eyes are forced to adjust. This slows down the elongation in the eye overtime and is an effective means to control myopia.

Atropine is a medicated drop, the very same which is used to dilate the eyes for an exam. In micro-doses (around 0.01%), atropine has been found to be highly effective at reducing myopia with no discernable side effects. Atropine Therapy is safe, and an ideal choice for children who are too young to begin ortho-k. What’s more, atropine can be effectively combined with other methods of myopia control. Newer research is even indicating success at reducing risk with pre-myopic patients.

Links to further research

High myopia as a risk factor in primary open angle glaucoma.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3530820/

Time outdoors and the prevention of Myopia.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23644222

Myopia and associated pathological complications.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16101943

The complex interactions of retinal, optical and environmental factors in myopia aetiology.
http://www.opt.uh.edu/onlinecoursematerials/PHOP6241/Berntsen/Fall%202016/Flitcroft%202012%20Review%20Reading%20Assignment.pdf

Five-Year Clinical Trial on Atropine for the Treatment of MyopiaMyopia Control with Atropine 0.01% Eyedrops.
https://www.aao.org/assets/28fe020e-5f93-4d06-aac1-889cecb15fb2/635835505202800000/atropine-for-myopia-5-yr-clinical-trial-ophthalmology-2015-pdf?inline=1

Outdoor Activity during Class Recess Reduces Myopia Onset and Progression in School Children.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23462271

Orthokeratology to control myopia progression: a meta-analysis.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25855979

Misight presented at BCLA 2017 | myopia care.
https://www.myopiacare.com/misight-presented-bcla-2017/

Defocus Incorporated Soft Contact (DISC) lens slows myopia progression in Hong Kong Chinese schoolchildren: a 2-year randomised clinical trial.
http://www.blinkstudy.org/images/4.pdf

Effect of Dual-Focus Soft Contact Lens Wear on Axial Myopia Progression in Children.
http://www.blinkstudy.org/images/2.pdf

Multifocal Contact Lens Myopia Control.
http://www.blinkstudy.org/images/1.pdf

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Meet Our Myopia Control Optometrist

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Dr. Takeia Locke

Dr. Takeia Locke received her Doctorate of Optometry from Nova Southeastern University.  While in school, she discovered that she can combine her desire to encourage children to pursue excellence in education with her passion for Optometry by pursuing a specialty in Pediatrics and Vision Therapy.  She completed a competitive residency...

Why Should My Child Do Myopia Control?

Multifocal contact lenses for myopia control enable the child to no longer wear glasses during the day. According to recent research, this increases the child's confidence and social acceptance decreases the risk of sports-related eye injuries and increases visual performance. 

Myopia dramatically increases the risk of several eye diseases that can cause vision loss or even legal blindness such as Glaucoma, Cataracts, and Retinal Detachment.

Some myopic patients experience difficulty at school due to reduced visual abilities such as seeing the board. Between the time that a child receives their prescription until their next eye exam, their myopia may progress making their glasses or contacts ineffective and leaving their vision blurry. In many cases, the child may also experience headaches and eye strain because their glasses are no longer correct to their eyes.

Tips For Myopia Prevention

The latest research indicates that your child should spend two hours outdoors every day, however, whether it is the exposure to sunlight or the effects of far and near vision that occurs outdoors is unclear. While there is a correlation between near work such as reading and computer use, researchers have been unable to find a direct causation leaving the question of the effects on myopia unclear. 

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Dr. Takeia Locke is dedicated to protecting the long term vision health of children. Because of the overwhelming evidence now available proving the dangers of myopia, Dr. Takeia Locke founded the The Myopia Control Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta in order to provide the most advanced and effective myopia control throughout Georgia.

The The Myopia Control Center At Family Eye Care Center of Atlanta proudly provides advanced myopia control to as well as:

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