Don’t Be Nearsighted About Myopia Control
Most people with myopia get it between 6 and 14 years old, and it usually levels off when their vision stabilizes around age 20. But adults can get myopia too. An eye doctor’s help can be vital for slowing down myopia’s progression in children and managing its impact on adults.
Our practice offers several options for controlling childhood myopia, including glasses and contact lenses. For adults with myopia, we also offer consultations for laser eye surgery as a potential long-term correction. Please contact us today to find the right strategy for you or your children.
Causes & Effects of Myopia
There are 2 main reasons someone might develop myopia:
- The eye is too long
- The cornea is too steep
In both cases, light entering the eye gets focused in front of the retina instead of right on it, making distance vision blurry.
Uncorrected myopia can adversely affect a child’s development since 80% of their learning is visual. If a child’s myopia isn’t diagnosed, it might also be confused for ADHD. By screening for myopia during our children’s eye exams, we can make sure your kids get the visual help they really need.
Kids don’t always know when they have a vision problem. But you can help them by watching for some warning signs:
- Sitting too close to screens
- Squinting often to try and sharpen blurry images
- Complaining about headaches (resulting from eye strain)
- Difficulty driving at night because of glare (in adults)
How to Control Myopia
- Soft multifocal lenses: these lenses use a technique called myopic defocus to slow eye growth. These lenses focus light from the sides of the eyes in a way that signals the brain to stop making them longer.
- Orthokeratology lenses: these specialty lenses can be worn at night to temporarily alter the shape of the cornea. After removing the lenses in the morning, most people can enjoy clear vision throughout the day. They are also effective at slowing myopia progression.
Multifocal and orthokeratology lenses may be recommended for controlling myopia in children. Adults can sometimes correct myopia with laser eye surgery, but this isn’t an option for kids since their vision is still changing.
Manage Myopia More Effectively
The sooner you know about myopia, the easier it is to prevent the challenges it can bring. Please contact us to book an appointment with an eye optometrist who can create custom myopia control plans for you or your children.
Our Location in Hollywood
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: By Appointment Only
- Sunday: Closed