Is Your Child A Candidate For Myopia Management?
Rapidly progressing myopia poses more than just inconvenience—it significantly increases the risk of serious eye diseases later in life, such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration. Thankfully, our skilled doctors offer a customized myopia management program designed to slow down the progression of your child's myopia.
What is Myopia Management?
Myopia management is an evidence-based program aimed at halting or slowing the progression of myopia in children. Different myopia management treatments offer varying benefits and levels of effectiveness. Our doctors will assess your child's age and degree of myopia to determine the most suitable method for their specific needs.
Is Myopia Management Suitable for My Child?
Myopia management is ideal for children and young adults with virtually any degree of myopia. While it is best to start myopia management as early as possible, older children, teenagers, and college students can still benefit from these treatments.
Before embarking on a myopia management program, there are a few factors to consider:
- The patient must be at least 6 or 7 years old.
- They must be willing and able to care for contact lenses.
- A certain level of maturity and responsibility is necessary.
Here are a few examples of myopia management patients:
- A 9-year-old recently diagnosed with myopia is already experiencing a rapid increase in their prescription. Starting myopia management at this stage offers the best chance of preserving long-term eye health.
- Young teens or pre-teens, like a 12-year-old who wishes to eliminate the need for daytime glasses or contact lenses, can benefit from specific myopia management treatments.
- Teens who feel self-conscious about their appearance with glasses or find that glasses interfere with their activities may also find myopia management to be an excellent option.
- A 16-year-old with mild to moderate myopia who plans to undergo corrective surgery in the future can stabilize their vision through myopia management until they meet the age requirements for surgery. Slowing myopia progression not only reduces the risk of future eye disease but also increases the likelihood of successful corrective surgery.
We Can Help Control Your Child's Myopia
Myopia management is most effective when parents take a proactive role in safeguarding their child's long-term vision. The earlier a child receives myopia management, the easier it is to control the progression and achieve better long-term results.
If your child has myopia, take action now to reduce their risk of future eye diseases. For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact Child & Family Eye Care today. We proudly serve patients from The Woodlands, Magnolia, Shenandoah, Tomball, and the surrounding communities.