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Slowing down the progression of Myopia in children is critical for your child's long term vision health.

 

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What Is Myopia Control?

Myopia is a condition which is commonly also called near sighted or short sighted, which makes it harder to objects that are far away. It begins as early as 1st grade and continues to get worse or progress until around the age of 18. While Myopia has always been around recently it has become a major health concern because its occurrence is rapidly increasing. In Asian countries as many as 90% of university students and 80% of high school students have myopia, and in the US rates have doubled over the last 30 years.

Why Do Myopia Control?

1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

Why Do Myopia Control?

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1) 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.

2) 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.

3) 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.

WHAT Are The Methods Used To Control Myopia Progression?

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Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses have become the latest craze in myopia control. In the last few years the contact lens companies have been heavily invested in developing contacts that are specifically engineered to reduce progression. The latest research has shown that mutlifocal contacts designed for Myopia Control are extremely effective and easy to use. Furthermore multifocal contacts are safe for use in children and provide many secondary benefits such as improved safety over glasses, better vision for sports, and improved self esteem.

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Atropine Eye Drops

Atropine eye drops are the same eye drops that are used by optometrists worldwide to dilate your eyes for an eye exam. Research has shown that atropine in ultra low doses of .01% is effective at reducing the progression of Myopia in children, while causing no side effects. Atropine drops are safe, effective, and easy to use in treatment alone or in conjunction with multifocal contact lenses. One of the benefits of atropine is that it is often the first treatment available for younger children. Atropine is commonly used for children 6 and older.

Additional Tips For Preventing Myopia

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There are many theories to what causes myopia, and why its prevalence is increasing at epidemic proportions. Many like to attribute it to over use of computers and electronic devices, while others cite the changes in our diet. 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.