Myopia Control... What is Myopia?

Myopia Control... What is Myopia?

By Dr. Gary Goberville

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition that causes blurry distance vision. Myopia usually begins during early childhood and can progress throughout adolescence. Myopia is a major concern as it drastically increases the risk of eye diseases such as retinal tears and detachments, glaucoma and myopic degeneration.

What is Myopia Control Therapy? Currently, four types of treatment are showing promise for controlling myopia:

• Atropine eye drops
• Multifocal contact lenses
• Orthokeratology
• Multifocal eyeglasses

Myopia control refers to evidence-based treatments that can slow down your child’s myopia progression. There are currently three treatment options available for myopia control; myopia control corneal reshaping therapy, myopia control sot multi-focal contact lenses and myopia control Atropine ophthalmic therapy. The quickest way to start controlling Myopia is having your eyes examined and prescribed multi-focal contact lenses.

Multifocal contacts are special lenses that have different powers in different zones of the lens to correct presbyopia as well as nearsightedness or farsightedness (with or without astigmatism). But researchers and eye doctors are finding that conventional or modified multifocal soft contact lenses also are effective tools for myopia control, even more, effective than multifocal glasses. If you take action when your child is between the ages of 5 and 15 you can decrease the amount of myopia (nearsightedness) your child will have. Don’t take it for granted your child could be experiencing these problems and not even know. Call and book an appointment, Dr. Gary Goberville will review all three options and discuss which option(s) are best suited for your child.

Have any questions or need an eye exam? Contact Dr. Gary Goberville, Optometric Physician

Eye Site Vision Center, 2344 N. University, Dr. Coral?Springs
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