Three Different Types Of Myopia Control Explained

Updated July 15, 2022

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common vision issue distant objects become blurry. It is a phenomenon that occurs when the shape of the eye results in light rays refracting incorrectly, thereby focusing images in front of the retina rather than on the retina. It is a common eye condition that can affect both adults and children, with it affecting more than over 40% of American adults according to the American Optometric Association.

Conditions like myopia have been on the rise in general, especially in children. This may possibly be due to the increased time spent indoors on virtual learning or work from home with more time spent on screens because of COVID quarantine policies. All in all, there are many drawbacks to suffering from myopia, and here are some different types of myopia control explained.

Lenses

Scientific studies have shown that there are specific types of contact and eyeglass lenses that have been shown to effectively manage the progression of myopia. Some examples listed are Ortho-K lenses, distance-center bifocal contact lenses as well as bifocal eyeglasses, all proven methods for preventing or slowing down the progression of myopia. The specialist that you go to will help to determine which methods are the optimal fit for your kid. There are currently no FDA-approved method of eyegalasses for myopia.

Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology is a proven method where medical devices are applied to your eye when you are asleep. It helps to provide a “lens like” effect for the user which lasts all day, providing vision for those not wearing glasses or contact lenses. This can often free individuals from needing glasses or contact lenses and enables them to participate in sports activities like swimming without having to worry about vision problems. It is a proven effective method that has been shown to either halt or reduce the progression of myopia.

Prescription Eye Drops

After a comprehensive assessment of your child, our doctors may recommend a prescription eye drop to treat myopia. This drop can be formulated at different concentrations that our doctors determine may best work for your child. As everyone’s eyes are different, our doctors would recommend your child a specific time to apply our Prescription Eye Drops.

Our consultations are personalized for each child and use state-of-the-art equipment to come up with a tailored treatment plan. While there will always be risks involved with any medical treatment, our doctors ensure these risks are minimized by having follow-up sessions and monitoring your child’s treatment progress.

Benefits of Our Prescription Eye Drops for Kids

Our Prescription Eye Drops are suited for children who wear glasses or contact lenses during the day. If you would prefer your child to rest their eyes during the evening or simply worry that your child may not be ready for contact lenses, our Prescription Eye Drops are a good alternative. Our doctors would usually recommend Prescription Eye Drops for children who are showing a rapid progression of myopia. This is because many studies have shown that eye drops can significantly slow down the progression of myopia by around 50% to 60%. However, that number is relative to each individual.

Let TreeHouse Eyes Help You Manage Myopia

Treehouse Eyes is proud to offer personalized treatment plans for every child. Our treatment plan may include overnight and daytime contact lenses and special prescription eye drop. If you are worried if your child might have myopia, schedule a consultation now to talk to our doctors and find out how we can help your child manage myopia.

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