Myopia is the medical term for being near-sighted (aka needing glasses for distance vision). In the past few decades, being near-sighted has become alarmingly more common and more severe. While this may not seem like a major concern, the issue is that the higher the prescription becomes, the higher your risk for many significant ocular diseases. For example, glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal holes, retinal tears, and retinal detachments all become more common the higher your prescription becomes. For this reason, it has become an important issue with regard to public health. If your child’s prescription has continued to increase year after year, myopia control is something to consider moving forward.
There are a few different methods have been studied for slowing the worsening of myopia, and we do our best to select the one that best fits your child’s individual needs. These methods include a daily eye drop, specialty soft lenses, or orthokeratology (a specialty hard lens that is only worn while you are sleeping).
If you would like to know if your child is a candidate for myopia control treatment, please give us a call for more information and to schedule an examination with one of our doctors.
Below is a nice resource put together in 2017 by the Brien Holden Vision Institute which compiles information from the latest scientific research regarding myopia control and helps illustrate the effectiveness of different methods.
*Note that while most methods are able to decrease progression by about 50%, there is currently no method that will stop progression entirely.