Myopia Control

If you’ve recently visited an eye doctor, you may have heard the term “myopia control” referenced. While this is a fairly common issue in young children, it can sound much scarier than it is if you’re not familiar with the condition.

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Myopia is also known as nearsightedness. This is a relatively common issue in which people have trouble focusing on objects that are far away. It often presents itself in children in elementary school, particularly when kids realize they cannot see as well as other children or that they cannot see the board at the front of the classroom.

Myopia control refers to the different methods available to limit this problem from becoming worse in children. Four main methods are commonly used: eyeglasses, eye drops, contact lenses, and orthokeratology. Fountain Valley Optometry in Fountain Valley, CA, is here to explain these different treatment options.

Multifocal Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses

These types of lenses are specially made, but there have been multiple studies showing they are effective in slowing down the development of myopia in children. The special shape of these lenses will also help limit the effects of astigmatism.

Eye Drops

Atropine eye drops can be used to reduce the pain associated with certain types of eye inflammation. They have been around for years, but doctors have only recently begun to use them to control myopia.

The drops work by dilating the pupil, which temporarily limits the eye’s ability to change focus. Most people’s eyes do this automatically. By limiting the ability of eyes to do this, it is believed that the progression of myopia is slowed down, perhaps because the eye is not under constant stress to change shape.

Studies have shown that atropine eye drops are one of the most effective ways to control myopia.  Its use can reduce the progression of the condition by up to 77 percent. 

Orthokeratology

This method uses a special type of contact lens that reshapes the eye. These lenses are only worn at night, and frequent check-ups are necessary. In some cases, myopia has been reversed in children by using these types of lenses.

Contact Our Optometry Professionals for Myopia Control in Fountain Valley, CA

If you live in the Fountain Valley, CA area and you think you or your child are having vision issues, call the Fountain Valley Optometry office today at (714) 210-2393. Our assistants will be glad to help you make an appointment to see a specialist.