Myopia control can help your child improve in every aspect of their life, whether academically or in extracurricular activities. To better your child’s vision and health, visit Eyes On Hayden in Scottsdale. Our entire optometry team, including Dr. Beth Frankel and Dr. Allisun Hoppert, is here to help you or your loved one achieve optimum vision.
What Is Myopia Control?
Myopia control is any treatment that reduces nearsightedness progression. Such treatments may cause changes in the structure or focusing of your eyes to reduce fatigue and stress from myopia progression. Slowing myopia development can help you prevent the use of thick corrective specialized lenses, which can cause early cataracts and detached retina.
Myopia Control Treatments
Atropine Eye Drops
You’ve probably encountered atropine eye drops several times during eye exams. Optometrists recommend its use for 2- to 3-year-old kids who have myopia. While there is no clear information on how it works, specialists believe it keeps the eyes from lengthening excessively, which is the cause of worsening myopia.
You can also use low-dose atropine for 5 to 18-year-old kids to inhibit myopia’s progression. These drops are used at night before going to bed. Some side effects include itchiness and redness of the eyes.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Wearing multifocal contact lenses can slow the eye’s growth, limiting myopia. While they do not work in all cases of myopia, multifocal contact lenses have proven to assist certain cases of childhood myopia, including children whose parents are nearsighted.
Similar to any other contact lens, these specialized contacts can cause corneal infection. To avoid this, ensure that your child wears them right, cleans them, and stores them appropriately. To get expert advice in Scottsdale regarding contact lenses that suit your needs, visit Dr. Beth Frankel or Dr. Allisun Hoppert at Eyes On Hayden.
Also known as Ortho-K, Orthokeratology is a contact lens that you wear throughout the night to correct myopia during the day. These lenses flatten your cornea overnight, reshaping it. Consequently, light falls exactly on the retina, making distant images clearer.
Ortho-K improves your vision for a limited time. Once you stop wearing them, your cornea gradually transforms back into its normal shape. Nevertheless, orthokeratology provides some permanent changes in myopia progression.
Visit Eyes on Hayden for Quality Myopia Management
Having optimum vision will improve the quality of your life. For effective myopia control, visit Dr. Beth Frankel in Scottsdale. We can help you have better eyesight! Call us at (480) 900-2020 to book your appointment.