Myopia is more commonly known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness. It refers to vision that is good at close range but not at a distance. It generally occurs because the eyeball is too “long” as measured from front to back, and it affects 42% of people ages 12-54 in the United States. Myopia may lead to serious short and long term complications including an impaired ability to learn, glaucoma, premature cataracts, and a detached retina.
Myopia Control Methods
Myopia Control describes methods used to slow the progression of myopia. These methods are backed by scientific research in order to proactively slow down or stop the progression of myopia. The earlier the problem is identified and treatment initiated, the better the long term results are likely to be.
The main treatment methods are:
- Atropine Drops: prescription eye drops that are given once a day
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-K): hard contact lenses that reshape your cornea overnight; no need for glasses or contacts during the daytime
- Bifocal/Multi-focal Contact Lenses: soft disposable contacts worn during the day; just like regular contacts
In order to find out which treatment is right for you or your child, please give us a call or text us at (714) 841-9888 to make an appointment!