MYOPIA CONTROL WHAT IS MYOPIA?
WHAT IS MYOPIA?
Myopia, also known as near-sightedness, is the lengthening of the eyeball. This happens naturally as you grow from birth to your teens. However, sometimes the eyeball lengthens beyond a normal size and you need eyeglasses or contacts to correct your vision. In the last three decades, myopia has continued to steadily increase. In the US, around 30% of teens are myopic, including 90% of the Asian population.
THE IMPORTANCE OF MYOPIA CONTROL
High levels of myopia, and subsequent high prescriptions, increase the risk of eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. Myopia control is crucial to preventing high prescriptions by slowing down the progression of myopia in children and teens.
The goal of myopia control is for the child’s prescription to stay the same until they reach their late teens/early 20s, since the eyeball lengthens the most from age 7 to about age 16. Once you reach adulthood and stop growing, your eyeball also stops lengthening. However, the changes your eyes experience in your youth still affect your risk for developing eye diseases later in life. Myopia control when you are younger prevents a high prescription to reduce this risk.
MYOPIA CONTROL AND ORTHO-K
Ortho-k lenses are special overnight contact lenses that reshape the cornea to correct vision and prevent the progression of myopia. Wearing ortho-k lenses at night allows children to be free from glasses or contacts during the day, so that they can be more confident and more active. However, these are just some fringe benefits. The main benefit of wearing the ortho-k lenses at night is to prevent children’s prescriptions from increasing as fast, since a high prescription has been linked to eye diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment.
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MYOPIA CONTROL OTHER TREATMENT OPTIONS
Besides ortho-k, Golden Vision also offers atropine eyedrops to slow down the progression of myopia. These eyedrops can be used alone, or alongside other myopia control treatment methods. They are especially effective on children with high prescriptions when used alongside ortho-k, as this combination can be almost 100% effective in stopping the progression of myopia.
Golden Vision also offers Myopia Education to its patients to help slow down the progression of myopia naturally. We educate children on how to preserve their eyes with eye relaxation techniques and better visual hygiene. This education includes advice on taking breaks when reading, using technology at a certain distance, being active outdoors, and more. Often, this education will be combined with ortho-k or atropine drops for the most effective results.
MYOPIA CONTROL WHAT ABOUT LASIK SURGERY?
LASIK is not an option for children, so they will need glasses, contacts, or myopia control treatment such as ortho-k to see clearly during the day. Furthermore, while LASIK will correct an adult’s prescription, it does not affect the length of the eyeball. This means that you are at the same risk for eye diseases such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, and glaucoma with or without LASIK surgery. Myopia control for children and teens is about preventing the lengthening of the eyeball and high prescription in the first place, in order to decrease this risk of eye disease.
MYOPIA CONTROL PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN’S EYES
PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN’S EYES
At Golden Vision, we can assess your child’s degree of myopia and create a customized myopia control plan to protect their eyes for the future.
The longer you wait, the higher their prescription gets, and the greater the risk of development of eye diseases. You can prevent the progression of myopia now. Protect your children’s eyes be scheduling an appointment.
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