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What Can You Expect from Myopia Control?

Myopia (AKA nearsightedness) is extremely common, with an estimated one out of every two people having it. It is caused when the shape of your eye is elongated, similar to a football shape, or when the cornea is curved too steeply. As a result of these irregularities, things in the distance appear blurry.

At our Sunnyvale eye clinic, we diagnose myopia regularly with an eye exam.

What’s Wrong with Regular Myopia Treatment?

Fortunately for the millions of adults and children who are nearsighted, myopia is usually corrected easily with glasses, contact lenses or sometimes, surgery. However, myopia, especially when it is progressive and leads to high vision prescriptions, can also increase your risks of future eye problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment. So while eyeglasses can give nearsighted people sharp vision, the effects of this method of myopia treatment are limited. In contrast, myopia control can offer long-lasting benefits.

Introducing Myopia Control

Introducing myopia control – an approach that aims to slow the progression of myopia in children. While there is no way to totally prevent a child from becoming nearsighted, myopia management can stop it from getting worse. Subsequently, the child’s eye health as an adult can be protected.

Types of Myopia Management

There are various methods of myopia control, including some self-help measures that you can take:

  • Outdoor activity: Studies have linked too much screen time, on computers or any type of digital devices, to myopia progression. Encouraging children to spend more time playing outdoors may help slow the deterioration of nearsightedness.
  • Low-dose atropine eye drops: These drops may offer myopia control when given to children aged 5-18, in small doses for two to three years.
  • Multifocal contact lenses: Kids age 6-12 have shown positive results when wearing soft multifocals for myopia control. It’s believed that blurring side vision with these specialty contact lenses can slow eye growth and limit nearsightedness.
  • Orthokeratology: Ortho-k lenses are specialty contacts worn overnight to correct blurred vision during the daytime. They work by flattening the cornea as you sleep. Although ortho-k lenses only improve vision temporarily, it is believed that some permanent benefits on myopia progression may occur.

Benefits of Myopia Control

There are three primary long-term benefits of myopia management:

  1. Sharper, improved vision, because nearsighted adults and children have better visual performance when the degree of myopia is mild.
  2. Improved results from future surgical myopia correction, such as laser eye surgery, because the lower the myopia is – the fewer the surgical enhancements that are needed.
  3. Reduced risk of visual impairment from eye health problems in the future.

If your nearsighted child’s eye exams consistently lead to a stronger vision prescription, it’s time to look into myopia control. Contact our Sunnyvale optometry office to book a consultation.

At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, we put your family’s needs first. Talk to us about how we can help you maintain healthy vision. Call us today: 408-739-6200 or book an appointment online to see one of our Sunnyvale eye doctors.

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How Can My Child’s Myopia Be Corrected?

At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, we help children like yours achieve clear and comfortable vision, so they can succeed at the important things in life.

Methods of Myopia Correction

Contact Lenses

Contacts can be a great choice, especially for physically active children or teens who don’t want to worry about breaking or misplacing their eyeglasses. In some cases of very high myopia, contact lenses can offer clearer vision than glasses.

Corrective contact lenses are usually placed in the eyes upon waking and removed at night before bedtime. There are several types, including: soft contacts, daily disposables, extended wear, and rigid gas permeable (hard) lenses. Navigating through the differences between them can be daunting. Fortunately, if you’re located in Sunnyvale our eye doctor will be happy to guide you. Speak with Dr. David Mark to determine whether your child is ready for contact lenses.

Prescription Glasses

Glasses are a popular choice among our younger patients. Choosing from an array of styles makes the process fun and exciting! Allowing the children to be active participants in selecting their eyewear increases the likelihood that they’ll actually wear them. There are strong, flexible and resilient frames which look great and are comfortable too.

The optician can customize the lenses with additions and upgrades like impact-resistant or shatter-proof materials, scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coatings, UV filters, and transition lenses that darken in the sun. For those requiring vision correction for distance and near, we also offer bifocal or multifocal lens prescriptions.

We Can Help Correct Your Child’s Myopia

If you’re located near Sunnyvale, California, an eye exam with our optometrist can determine your child’s exact prescription, and give you the opportunity to receive answers to any questions you may have about your child’s eye health and vision. Progressive myopia, where a growing child’s prescription continues to worsen, is why it’s important for myopic children to undergo eye exams at least once a year.

At Silicon Valley Eye Physicians, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to recommend the most suitable method of correcting your child’s myopia to meet his or her individual needs. Thanks to the wide range options available, your child will walk away with eyewear that will not only enhance his or her style but will also be a boost of confidence.

Let us help your child see the world in a whole new light. To schedule your child’s annual eye exam or if you have any further questions, contact Silicon Valley Eye Physicians at 408-739-6200 today.

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