PREVENT NEARSIGHTEDNESS: MYOPIA CONTROL
WHAT IS MYOPIA CONTROL?
Myopia control is a way to slow the progression of nearsightedness (myopia) in children and teens. This is important to parents who do not want their children to end up with the high glasses prescriptions that they have.
Increases of nearsighted prescriptions are due to an elongation of the eye. The longer the eye, the more the retina is stretched, putting those who are nearsighted at greater risk of developing retinal thinning, holes, tears, and retinal detachments. They also have blurrier vision without glasses.
There are different ways that myopia control therapy can work including glasses, contact lenses, and eye drops. One of the most effective and least invasive ways is through contact lenses.
The myopia control lenses that we fit at our office are soft contact lenses that have a special design that prevents the eye from elongating as quickly.
Children and teens are taught how to insert and remove this lens the exact same as any other contact lens. The vision with this lens is the same as with non-myopia control contact lenses.
WHAT DOES THE FITTING PROCESS LOOK LIKE?
After a thorough health check of the eye, measurements of the corneal shape, and an updated prescription, the options for lenses to control myopia will be discussed with parents and the patient.
Lenses may be trialed on the eye at the consultation or will be ordered and the patient will return for a dispensing of the lenses. Training on how to insert and remove lenses will be completed at this visit.
Regular follow ups will be scheduled to ensure clear vision and to track the progression of myopia.