By Dr. Kevin Chan, O.D. FAAO


KH is a 9-year-old girl of Indian descent who came to Treehouse Eyes for myopia (nearsightedness) treatment in December 2016 and recently returned for her annual checkup. She started wearing glasses when she was five and has a family history of myopia. Her mother was concerned because KH’s vision was getting worse every year. Mom was determined not to let her daughter’s vision and wanted to do something. From a clinical perspective, I was particularly concerned that KH’s myopia would continue to worsen if it remained untreated. Higher myopia increases her risk of developing permanent diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, or cataract.

In my initial exam I found her to have a very high prescription, already -7 diopters in her left eye which left KH experiencing some eye strain in addition to poor vision. KH is an avid swimmer and really wanted to be free from glasses for her activities. After a comprehensive exam and consultation with KH and her family, I recommended a custom overnight contact lens option to slow or stop her myopic progression. KH wears these custom contact lenses like a retainer and they gently reshape the front surface of her eye while she sleeps. I design them to ideally stop her myopia from getting worse, and they have the added benefit of giving her good vision during the day without glasses or contact lenses. This news was exciting for both KH and her family so we started treatment immediately.

On the first post-treatment day, KH’s unaided vision improved from 20/400 to 20/40 in the right eye and 20/60 in the left eye. KH was so excited that she was able to see well without glasses for the first time in years. After wearing the lenses overnight continuously with good compliance, her unaided vision reached 20/20 in approximately 6 weeks. The best news was that at her recent annual follow up exam, the physical lengths of her eyes measured compared to baseline have remained relatively stable. This means her myopia is not progressing as it would have if we didn’t start treatment. Her mother was thrilled that she made this important decision to help her daughter have better vision for life and achieve her best potential.

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Having good eyesight helps us out in a multitude of ways. It keeps us safe as we go about our daily life, and it ensures that we can fully participate in all activities that we engage in. As one of our five senses, it’s important to maintain a healthy sense of sight, and good vision is key to your child enjoying a happy, healthy, and meaningful childhood. At Treehouse Eyes, we specialize in non-invasive myopia care and are dedicated to working through treatment programs with you and your child that suit your child’s lifestyle needs. Are you searching for an effective treatment method for your child’s myopia? Read on to find out more about our non-invasive myopia care in Ohio.

Overnight Contact Lenses in Ohio

With overnight contact lenses, all your child has to do is pop them in at night and remove them the next day when they get up. They can then enjoy clear vision throughout the day without needing to use contact lenses. Overnight contact lenses are recommended for active children who do not have the inclination, time, or patience to maintain daytime contact lenses. If you do not think that your child is up to using daytime contact lenses just yet, you can opt for overnight contact lenses first to get them used to contact lenses.

Daytime Soft Contact Lenses in Missouri

For older children who have demonstrated a strong sense of responsibility, daytime soft contact lenses are typically the best choice. If your child has shown that they are able to maintain high levels of hygiene throughout the day and are able to take care of themselves and their possessions, you can start with daytime soft contact lenses.

Choose Treehouse Eyes for Myopia Care for Kids

Let our specialists at Treehouse Eyes help your child to achieve better vision with our non-invasive treatment methods such as personalized contact lenses and prescription eye drops. Our specialists will provide comprehensive assessments and identify the best treatment plan for your child when it comes to their eye care routine. Thanks to our treatment methods that are non-invasive, you can rest assured that the journey for your child to gain improved eyesight will be effective, comfortable, and time-efficient! If you are thinking of getting prescription eye drop, read about our prescription eye drop disclaimer here.

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