Learn more about Myopia Control and how it works
Traditional contact lenses and glasses, although temporarily make eyesight clear, are no more than a band-aid until the prescription changes. In children and adolescents this can occur rapidly, year after year.
By utilizing specially designed lenses, we are able to better control axial length (the length of the eye) through peripheral defocus (areas of the retina that receive clear vs. blurred images). Despite these advances, many parents are unaware of the options available today to slow or halt the progression of nearsightedness.
Read below to learn more.
Today, there are many options for Controlling Myopia. Let us help you navigate the options.
CORNEAL REFRACTIVE THERAPY (CRT)
Corneal Refractive Therapy has quickly become one of the fastest growing forms of controlling myopia due to its effectiveness and convenience. The lenses are worn only at night while sleeping. Upon waking and removing the lenses, eyesight is clear and comfortable throughout the day. More importantly, when worn each night, the lenses are extremely effective at slowing or halting the progression of Myopia.
Our doctors use Paragon CRT lenses. Paragon CRT lenses have been FDA approved since 2001 with over 1 million users in over 50 countries.
All of our doctors are CRT Certified and are happy to discuss this option. We offer a FREE CRT consult for those who are candidates for this life changing technology.
MULTI-FOCAL SOFT CONTACT LENSES
Multi-focal soft lenses are among the most effective means of controlling myopia progression. They are comfortable to wear, cosmetically pleasing and provide clear vision at all distances.
We recommend daily disposable multi-focal lenses, which are readily available in most prescriptions. Not all multi-focal soft lens designs will help with controlling myopia. Our doctors know which lenses are designed for this purpose.
EXECUTIVE BI-FOCAL GLASSES
"Executive" Bi-Focal glasses are among the more effective methods of controlling myopia.
However, they have a visible line across the center of the lens, separating the distance portion of the lens from the near portion. For this reason, the cosmetic appearance of the lenses are often a concern for children and teens. For higher prescriptions, the lenses can also be quite thick.
MULTI-FOCAL GLASSES & PERIPHERAL DEFOCUS LENSES
Multi-focal or progressive glasses are often used in an attempt to slow the progression of myopia. Although studies show they can be effective, we recommend progressive lenses when other, more effective alternatives, are not an option.
Though not as effective as other means, Progressive lenses do provide clear vision at all distances and minimize the focusing required for near work. Progressive lenses and "Peripheral Defocus" glasses result is similar amounts of myopia control.
Using Atropine drops have been used for years to slow the progression of myopia. Although Atropine drops are beneficial as an additive therapy, used alone is not as effective as other methods.
Further, Atropine drops naturally blur vision, particularly at near, making it difficult for school-aged children to perform in school. Although Low-Dose Atropine can reduce the associated blur, its effectiveness is still being studied.
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Myopic progression is when prescriptions increase over time, and higher prescriptions have been linked to sight-threatening conditions later in life such as, retinal detachment, glaucoma and myopic maculopathy. Even children with fairly low prescriptions have a higher risk of glaucoma and retinal detachment compared to non-myopic children, and that risk multiplies as their prescriptions get stronger.
81% of eye care professionals agree that myopia is one of the biggest problems impacting children’s eyesight today.3 But until now, traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses available in the U.S. have only been developed to correct blurred vision, but they do nothing to help slow gradual prescription increases.
81% of eyecare professionals agree myopia is one of the biggest problems impacting children's eyesight today.3