Myopia Control Program
Child & Family Eye Care
So what exactly is Myopia?
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a condition where you can see things close up but not at distance. Myopia usually begins in childhood and often worsens until early adult years. The more myopia increases the more risk of developing complications and diseases, such as: Glaucoma, Retinal Detachment, Myopic Macular Degeneration, Cataracts.
There are four widely accepted types of myopia control treatments:
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)
- Distance-Center Multifocal Contact Lenses
- Atropine Eye Drops
- Bifocal or Multifocal Eyeglasses
The doctors at Child and Family Eye Care will determine which methods are the best fit for your child based on prescription and lifestyle, and monitor change over time with the goal of minimizing myopic progression and decreasing the risk of myopia related eye disease.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is a method where medical devices similar to contact lenses are applied to the eye while sleeping. The gentle pressure exerted on the cornea (surface of the eye) overnight results in the temporary molding of the outer layers, creating less myopia. The effects can last all day, providing clear vision for users without wearing glasses or contact lenses during their waking hours. Orthokeratology has many peer-reviewed, randomized and some longitudinal studies that show it is an effective method to reduce the progression of myopia and, in some cases, halt it altogether.
Distance Center Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses
Distance Center Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses are worn precisely the same way as regular soft contact lenses. An optical “trick” in the center of the lens has been shown in several studies to slow down the progression of myopia. This method is rapidly gaining in popularity.
Atropine, available in eye drop or ointment form, has been found in several studies to reduce the progression of myopia. Applied once a day, atropine treatment can be continued as long as myopia progression continues. It is not a cure, but it has shown to control myopia in many patients and in some cases may be used in conjunction with bifocal eyeglasses or soft multifocal contact lenses to enhance the myopia control effect.
Bifocal and Multifocal Eyeglasses
In some children with certain eye-muscle positioning known as Esophoria, studies have shown that wearing a different prescription for distance and near is helpful. This is usually achieved in Bifocal or Multifocal eyeglass lenses.
I always love visiting here. They always have updated and cool machines. Bye bye traditional machine that puffs air into your eye. Hello magic wand of gentleness. I live farther away than I used to but I still make it here.
- Quan L.
Called in the morning and they were able to get me in the same day! Staff was all very friendly and accommodating. Doctor was very thorough and (even though my eye was hurting) she was so gentle and the whole visit was pain-free.
- Amy Y.
Very clean and inviting office. Staff is very nice. They work great with 3-year-olds! I would definitely recommend them.
- Emily L.
Dr. Wagner and his team are awesome! Our whole family has been patients for 5+ years! I highly recommend them. I have never had a problem. Excellent service!
- Scott F.