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Myopia is Progressive, But it Doesn’t Have to Be

Myopia control is a safe, non-invasive way to slow down or stop myopia progression

The most common of all refractive errors, myopia puts more people behind glasses than any other singular cause. Myopia typically develops during childhood.

Up until recently, correcting myopia was only possible through corrective lenses or laser eye surgery. Today, myopia control is an increasingly popular method of adjusting for myopia while slowing down – and sometimes even stopping – further progression.

If you have concerns regarding your child’s myopia progression, know that we can work together to create an individualized treatment with the potential to positively influence their prescription.

Understanding How Myopia Influences Sight

Myopia Has a Physical Cause

When the eyeball is too long (relative to the focusing power of the cornea and lens), light rays passing through the lens focus in front of the retina as opposed to directly on top of it. This makes the image we see unclear, causing what we commonly refer to as nearsightedness.

Correcting the Refractive Error Compensates for Myopia

Since myopia is the result of light being improperly focused, we can compensate for myopia by correcting the focus point of incoming light. This is usually done with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or laser refractive surgery.

Introducing Myopia Control, a Non-Invasive Way to Positively Influence Myopia in Children & Teens

A Clinically-Proven Program to Slow Down or Stop Myopia

Myopia control sounds like a singular process, but in reality it’s a combination of several methods that work together to control myopia.

After our initial consultation, we will create a unique myopia control program tailored around your child’s eyes. We take precise measurements to ensure the best possible outcome.

How Myopia Control Works

One of the first areas we assess and address is in habits linked with myopia. This includes how much time is spent outside, technology/screen time, posture, reading habits, and nutritional considerations.

Precision-made rigid gas permeable contact lenses are worn overnight while your child sleeps. Working gently over the period of eight hours, the CRT lenses reshape the cornea to correct nearsightedness. In the morning, the contact lenses are put into a storage solution and the child is free to enjoy the day without glasses!Of all methods available for myopia control, CRT is among the most effective. Several studies have shown anywhere from a 55% to 100% reduction in eye elongation.

When worn and cared for correctly, corneal reshaping therapy is regarded as one of the most effective non-pharmacological measures to slow progression of myopia in children and, with regular follow-ups to ensure safety, continues to be one of the most effective treatments for myopia management around the world.

Clinical studies have found strong benefit from wearing soft multifocal contact lenses in children with myopia. Several studies have found that, compared to children wearing eyeglasses, myopia progression can be reduced by 50-60% using soft multifocal contact lenses.Unlike CRT, these lenses are worn during the day.

Containing just 0.01% active ingredient (atropine), this low dose solution is used for 1 to 2 year periods. It works by relaxing eye focusing muscles, reducing eye strain, and dilating the pupil. Numerous studies performed over the past two decades suggest progression reduction by as much as 81% is possible.We have had strong success using atropine and will inform you more during the consultation regarding its uses, potential side effects, and what to expect.

Western Pennsylvania’s Local Myopia Control Specialists

Our patients have come to expect excellent service and unmatched quality of care. We are able to achieve consistent success because we customize our program to suit each patient. This is not a “one size fits all” kind of endeavor; we work hand in hand to create a great result.

Visit Us for a Consultation to Learn More

During our consultation we will assess your child’s eye health, determine their prescription, and take detailed information regarding the size, shape, and curvature of the eye/cornea/lens.

We will be able to provide more information regarding timelines and expected results once we have the information gained during the consult.

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Myopia is Becoming More Common

In 1983, an estimated 25% of the American population was nearsighted. Today, that number edges 50%… and rising.

Myopia Increases Risk for Serious Vision Problems

Myopia places people at greater risk for some vision problems. This is especially true of high myopia (a term used to describe myopia prescriptions greater than -6.00D) , which is also becoming increasingly common.

High myopia increases the early onset cataract risk by 3x, retinal holes by 8x, myopia macular degeneration by 8x, and glaucoma by 16x! Reducing the progression of myopia not only improves vision, but improves lifelong eye health.

Genetics, Environment, & Lifestyle All Influence Myopia

Numerous studies performed over the past two decades suggest progression reduction by as much as 81% is possible. We have had strong success using atropine and will inform you more during the consultation regarding its uses, potential side effects, and what to expect.

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