At TrueVision Eye Care, we can help you manage you or your child’s myopia so that you can see life clearly. We offer several myopia management options at our Myopia Control Center for this common eye disorder, which can improve vision and slow the progression of myopia in children.
Prevalence of Myopia
Unfortunately, myopia is not only common but also growing in prevalence. Currently, it is estimated that as much as 25% of the world (1.5 billion people) are considered myopic, and that number is expected to grow to 50% by 2050.
Although several factors may be contributing to this growing number, researchers and eye doctors believe a major one is eye fatigue from the increasing amount of close-up work we do, including using computers, phones, and tablets, reading, and studying. Additionally, less time spent outdoors may also be contributing to the increasing prevalence. Essentially, we are spending more time looking at objects closer to our faces and less time allowing our eyes to focus on those far away.
How to Manage Myopia
Myopia management is a series of treatments our team utilizes to slow down the progression of myopia in children. Primarily, this treatment works to change the structure of the eye by reducing stress and fatigue, which are significant factors in the development and progression of myopia. We understand that every patient is different, and we offer several different treatment options that are customized to your child to meet their unique needs.
Myopia management treatments may include:
The treatments offered include:
- Atropine eye drops
- Multifocal contact lenses
- Orthokeratology (also known as ortho-k)
Dr. Barnes, Dr. Lyerly, and Dr. Weyand O.D. carefully monitors each patient on myopia management, and each case is reviewed every 6-12 months to ensure progress and efficacy in treatment. We are proud to offer this evidence-based treatment to prevent the onset or reduce the progression of nearsightedness in our pediatric patients. Our dedicated team prides itself on staying at the forefront of eye care advancements so you can feel confident choosing the Myopia Control Center at TrueVision Eye Care for your treatment.
What to Expect
All young patients will see a doctor for an extensive vision examination. During this exam, she will check for several things, including:
- Axial length and retinal shape measurements
- Corneal topography and choroidal thickness measurements
- Cycloplegic axial and peripheral autorefraction
- Lifestyle questionnaire to determine the amount of time spent outdoors and doing near-work
- Discussion of the results
- Development of individualized treatment plan
Each of these tests is non-invasive, and your child’s comfort is a top priority for us. Our team is familiar with helping children, and we are happy to explain anything you or your child has questions about.