Myopia Management in North Royalton
Does Your Child Wear Glasses?
Childhood myopia (nearsightedness) can cause sight-robbing eye diseases later in life. Offer your child a brighter future with myopia management.
Why Does Myopia Need to Be Managed?
Myopia (nearsightedness) is reaching epidemic proportions. By 2050, half of the world’s population is expected to have myopia. That’s worrying, as having myopia significantly raises the risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases later in life, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration.
Myopia management, which entails the use of eye drops, specialized contact lenses or multifocal glasses, can help slow the often rapid visual deterioration caused by myopia in children and help prevent vision loss later in life.
If you’re concerned that your child’s vision is deteriorating, contact The Vision Development Team today. We can help.
Did You Know Myopia Is Caused By Abnormal Eye Growth?
Myopia is the most common refractive error among children and young adults. It occurs when the eye elongates, causing rays of light to focus in front of the light-sensitive retina rather than directly on it. This causes distant objects to appear blurred while nearby objects remain clear.
The degree of myopia can progress gradually or rapidly, especially from ages 8-18. This is not just a matter of inconvenience or needing stronger glasses; if the myopia continues to progress, the child is at a higher risk of developing dangerous eye diseases later in life that can lead to permanent vision loss and even blindness.
Although eyeglasses and standard contact lenses can correct a person’s vision, they do not treat the underlying cause of myopia or slow its progression.
There are three specialized treatment options to slow the progression of myopia.
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-k)
- Atropine eye drops
- Multifocal contact lenses
Our doctors work closely with each family and customize treatment programs for every child based on their unique needs. Patients are thoroughly evaluated, carefully monitored, and reviewed frequently in order to monitor progress and modify the treatment to ensure best outcomes. Follow-up visits generally occur every 6-12 months to assess the treatment’s efficacy.
What Parents Are Saying About Myopia Management
To Whom it may Concern:
We began our journey with the Vision Development Team 18 months ago. My daughter had just finished the second grade. She was making progress, but not enough! I already had her working with a private tutor, but nobody could understand why she wasn’t reading as well as she should have been. She despised homework and would throw fuss fits when we had to do any reading or writing! She couldn’t tell the difference between p,q,d, and b. l was thinking that she was dysiexic. I had heard about the Vision Development Team from a friend and decided to have her evaluated. It was the best decision!
After 10 weeks, we decided to have her evaluated for primitive reflexes. We decided to work on those in order to pave the way for her vision to improve.
We did the home therapy every night (homework is so important for success). Sometimes the therapy was a battle - she didn’t like doing it because it was hard, but I never gave up. Here are some of the many ways that she has grown and improved:
-She isn’t losing her place when she reads.
-She can tell the difference between a p,q,b, & cl.
-Her letters stopped wiggling on the page.
-She has so much more confidence!
-She can do close work for longer times.
-She can do a word search!
-She is able to ride a bike!
-Her writing is neater and smaller.
-Her grip on her pencil has improved - she is working on using fine motor skills when writing instead of using her entire arm to write.
-Her meltdowns have become less intense, less often, and more manageable
Please let me know if there are more specific questions you would like to have answered! We appreciate how much you have changed our lives!
Myopia increases the risk of serious, sight threatening complications.
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Myopia Management?
If you are concerned about your child’s myopia, call our office today. Our team of eye care professionals will help you understand more about your child's nearsightedness and will determine whether your child is a candidate for myopia management.
Take our myopia assessment online to find out whether your child could benefit from this life-changing treatment.
Myopia Management Offers a Brighter Future | FAQ
If you’ve been wearing glasses or contacts for many years without much concern, it may seem unnecessary to manage your child’s myopia. However, it’s a worthwhile and important investment, as rapidly progressing myopia may lead to more severe eye complications and sight-threatening conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration and retinal detachment.
In fact, the longer the eyeball length, the greater the risk of ocular complications down the line.
Myopia management has been shown to effectively help reduce the rate of growth of the eyeball in children and teens by slowing its progression. Offer your child a brighter future with myopia management.
Can Myopia Lead to Blindness?
In extreme circumstances, myopia can lead to serious vision-threatening complications, including blindness. This occurs primarily in cases where high myopia has reached an advanced stage called degenerative myopia.
What is Progressive Myopia?
Progressive myopia is nearsightedness that continues to worsen year after year. This progression can result in severe myopia, also called high myopia, that may be associated with potentially serious side effects.
Can Myopia Be Cured?
Currently, there is no cure for myopia. But myopia management methods like Ortho-K, multifocal contact lenses and atropine eye drops can slow its progression.