Myopia is being diagnosed earlier and more often. Children, in particular, are showing signs of nearsightedness at a much younger age and to a higher degree. Luckily, we have developed ways to control the progression of this refractive error with great success. Shady Grove Eye & Vision care is here to help your kids grow up with a lower prescription.
Also known as nearsightedness or short-sightedness, this condition is characterized by the ability to focus on objects up-close, while struggling to see things far away. The physiological reason for this focus error is the shape of the eyeball. Myopia occurs when the surface of the eyeball is too steep or the eyeball itself is too long. This makes the focal point land in front of the retina. This condition is progressive, worsening over time.
Children may have myopia without speaking up about it, as they may not know any different. There are many signs you can look out for. Should you notice any of these behaviors, bring your child in for an eye exam at Shady Grove Eye & Vision Care.
Myopia is ever-changing, it can easily progress into a much stronger condition or it can be coerced into submission. One of the ways we do this is through the use of orthokeratology, or ortho-k contact lenses. This treatment is available for both kids and adults.
Orthokeratology contact lenses are gas permeable lenses that delicately reshape the cornea while the wearer is asleep. For this reason, it is often also referred to as corneal reshaping, corneal refractive therapy, or vision reshaping. With continued use, the daytime prescription will lessen over time. Eventually, daytime glasses or contact lenses may not be necessary, as long as nighttime therapy is still undertaken.
Researchers have developed new ortho-k contact lenses that combat presbyopia and farsightedness. However, patients who suffer from dry eye syndrome, large pupils, or high prescriptions may not be good candidates for this treatment.
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