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Myopia Care for Kids

What Is Myopia?

What Is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a condition in which distant objects appear blurry even though nearer objects appear perfectly clear. It is usually caused by an elongated eyeball shape. when the eye is not perfectly spherical, incoming light does not come into focus in the right place, directly on the retina. An elongated eyeball will bring images into focus in front of the retina instead, which produces the characteristic blurred distance vision of myopia.

While myopia is an extremely common condition, you should still take it seriously. the inability to see distant objects clearly can place you or your loved ones in harm’s way. Untreated myopia can progress to the point that it elevates risks for other eye problems such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachment.

SIGNS AND Symptoms
Our optometry center can easily diagnose a suspected case of myopia. Our comprehensive eye and vision exams include refractive testing (to see exactly how your eye handles incoming light) and vision testing using a standard eye chart (which can reveal your inability to see “distant” text clearly, as simulated by progressively tinier fonts on the chart). Using an instrument called a phoropter, we can then measure your vision correction needs precisely.
Symptoms
Additional myopia signs to look out in the children include

MYOPIA CONTROL AND CORRECTION

The most common approach to myopia management involves the use of prescription lenses. eyeglasses and contact lenses can both do a good job of eliminating the visual distortion caused by myopia and other refractive errors. But for children who are still in the process of developing myopia, orthokeratology lenses can actually offer long-term myopia control. These special contact lenses are designed to “mold” the corneas into a new and improved shape overnight, during sleep. In adults, this permits clear daytime vision without any need for corrective lenses. In children, however, it can actually reduce the progress of myopia during this crucial growing phase. Eye drops containing a drug called atropine can also reduce myopia progression in children.

RISK FACTORS

Environmental or non-genetic factors:
  • Long-term light exposure such as blue light or blue-violet light
  • Near work, reading, electronic devices associated with higher education, work, and gaming
  • Diet lacking antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, zinc, vitamin B, and vitamin C
  • Physical inactivity and lack of exercise
  • Urbanization, air quality, and pollution
Genetic related factors:
  • Family history where one or both parents suffer from myopia
  • Ethnicity:
    • Higher rates among the Asian population attributed to near-work activity
Age-related factors:
  • Delaying comprehensive screening required around 6-7 years of age and earlier
  • No early detection and preventative measures
Gender-related factors:
  • Women between 20-40 years of age experience shifting hormones which lead to dryness

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Typical eye care treatments alone increase future vision risks in some cases. However, the most successful eye health maintenance combines traditional treatments and myopia management.
Typical treatments:
  • Corrective means such as glasses, contact lenses, or surgery.
  • Traditional progressive treatment may include more intense prescription strength
  • Myopia management
    • Progression prevention benefits and positive results with specialty and multifocal contact lens usage between 6-12 years of age.
    • Specialty contact lenses worn overnight, Ortho-K lenses worn overnight to correct vision during the daytime
    • Providing low-dose atropine eye drops as early as two years of age to manage the progression
    • Recommended outdoor activity may slow the deterioration of eyes.
Appropriate treatment paired with myopia management:
  • Reduces potential and future eye health concerns
  • Produces improved vision
  • Improved results from surgical correction
  • Lessens probability of surgical needs
  • Reduces need for traditional treatment
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Axial Length Scanner
Axial length measurement has not traditionally been considered part of mainstream optometry. The development and progression of myopia in children is due to excessive axial elongation of the eye. Axial length scanning is important in providing early analysis in axial growth rates, enabling the risk of myopia.
There is a strong correlation between the amount of myopia and the length of the eye in all individuals. At certain points during development, axial length (AXL) progresses faster than the amount of myopia, which can cause further complications as growth continues.

Our Treatment Options & Tech

MISIGHT LENSES FOR MYOPIA MANAGEMENT​

MiSight soft contact lenses become regular interchangeable soft lenses and are intended to help reduce myopia progression in children. The MiSight contact lens's core component adjusts refractive error once placed inside the eye, just like a conventional correction lens. However, the lens's periphery has specially shaped concentric circles that funnel light into the retina. It has been found to reduce the causes that cause the eye and lengthen dramatically.
What are the benefits of MiSight prescription lenses for myopia control?
MiSight contacts have the appearance of regular soft lenses and it gives you comfort because its simply to use. Simply put the lenses on before going to bed and taking them out in the morning, and you'll have clear, easy vision all day. They're sold as regular disposables, which means you'll have to open a fresh lens every day. They're worn through the day and then discarded at night. They are typically worn the whole day, but a day without these lenses would not harm the procedure. The lenses should be worn as much as myopia development is a concern.
Safety and Efficacy
A three-year clinical trial involving 135 kids aged 8-12 who'd been prescribed MiSight or conventional soft lenses was conducted to determine the efficacy of MiSight. Myopia advanced at a far slower pace in children that wore MiSight over three years, by 59 percent to be precise, than in children that wore traditional soft contacts. These findings suggest that MiSight may be an outstanding solution for halting the child's development of myopia. Myopia, also described as nearsightedness, is a widespread eye disease that has become more well-known in past years. The expert will check your eyes and tell you the procedure of Misight contact lenses at the dry eye specialty clinic.

ORTHO-K FOR MYOPIA MANAGEMENT

Special kind of lens for the people who want to avoid wearing glasses, Orthokeratology enhances the vision of the wearer. Ortho-k lenses are often recommended for two reasons: to overcome refractive defects and to help people see better (primarily nearsightedness, and also astigmatism and hyperopia). These lenses are custom designed to your eye and can be worn overnight. This allows you to go about your day without the need of glasses or other contact lenses throughout the day! You will get the best possible outcome by using extremely accurate eye form details from scans of the eye surface.
Types:
  • Standard: These are developed in advance of the purchase at set sizes and shapes. The person just selects the closest size that would fit them.
  • Custom: These are the lenses that are designed according to the preferences, the exact size of the wearer, and the precise shape they want.

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT​

Various studies have shown that a low-dose of atropine, given during bedtime, can significantly slow the progression of myopia in children, preventing severe near-sightedness as the child grows older. Traditionally, the only treatment for pediatric myopia was glasses, but as we know now, glasses would still result in frequent prescription updates as vision gets worse. Thankfully with advecemebts in tech & treatment we have been able to locate multiple ways to preventing myopia. Though myopia isn’t reversible, and kids treated with low-dose atropine will still need glasses, heir near-sightedness doesn’t get nearly as bad as children who are not getting any form of treatment. Dr. Epley, who is involved in extensive research regarding atropine, says “What we’re seeing is that for most kids — about 90 percent — their rate of myopia progression decreases or slows by about half. The sooner they start taking it, the less nearsighted they’ll be overall,” Best of all, children receiving the treatment have reported 0 side effects. About 1 percent of children report a little redness or itching in or around the eye, but thats about it. The research conducted also shows that once atropine treatment stops, myopia progression ramps up again. Visit the Dry Eye & Speciality Center to asses your Childs current myopia progression and how to prevent any additional issues.

What is the Gentle Vision Shaping System?

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) or Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) is the gentle refinement of custom-fit vision retainers worn nightly to moderately reshape the eye surface. These specialty lenses are removed each morning and result in clearer vision and myopia management by day.

Benefits:
  • GVSS is safe for all ages
  • Gently decreases and corrects myopia and astigmatism progression
  • Allows flexibility from glasses or contact lenses while awake lessens dry eye risks relating to lens wear
Candidate:
  • Anyone with myopia and astigmatism especially those with mild to moderate cases
  • Anyone needing freedom from corrective lenses without having surgery
What to expect:
  • A comprehensive eye examination and screening to determine GVSS candidacy
  • Custom fitting and ordering of specialty lenses.
  • Accelerated visual improvement ranging from a few days to several months predicated by individual condition.

Call us today to schedule your screening so you can find out if GVSS is for you.

SCLERAL LENSES FOR MYOPIA MANAGEMENT

Scleral contacts are gas-permeable contact lenses with a wide diameter that vault over all the entire corneal surface and settle on the white of the eye (sclera). Scleral contact lenses vault above the cornea and rest their weight on the sclera. These lenses can help with vision problems caused by abnormal corneas, refractive defects, and a variety of other disorders. 

Types:

There are a variety of scleral lenses, each having its own attributes and features.

  • Semi scleral lenses
  • Mini scleral lenses
  • Full scleral lenses

Which lens suits you the best? This can be recommended by an expert eye specialist, which can be found in good eye hospitals.

Use of Scleral Lenses:

As Scleral contact lenses have become an important clinical option for patients with ocular surface disease because they shield the ocular surface, provide constant corneal hydration although providing optimal vision correction, and mostly used in combination with other treatments. Scleral lenses will help you see better and reduce pain.

Are Scleral Lenses Right For Your Child:

Scleral lenses should never be used as the first action against any eye complications. If you are being faced with dry eyes or other complications, the first thing you need to do is visit an effective eye care hospital like the dry eye specialty center.  Scleral lenses can also benefit patients who can’t wear regular contact lenses due to extreme dry eyes. The area between the cornea and the scleral lens serves as a moisture reservoir. Wearing scleral lenses is much more convenient thanks to the additional moisture.

Is to see a good eye doctor like a dry eye specialist center with the slightest indication or suspicion that your child may have had myopia. They will give you lots of specific guidance and ways to mitigate the impact

MiSight lenses For Myopia Management:

MiSight soft contact lenses become regular interchangeable soft lenses and are intended to help reduce myopia progression in children.

The MiSight contact lens’s core component adjusts refractive error once placed inside the eye, just like a conventional correction lens. However, the lens’s periphery has specially shaped concentric circles that funnel light into the retina. It has been found to reduce the causes that cause the eye and lengthen dramatically.

What are the benefits of MiSight prescription lenses for myopia control?
MiSight contacts have the appearance of regular soft lenses and it gives you comfort because its simply to use. Simply put the lenses on before going to bed and taking them out in the morning, and you’ll have clear, easy vision all day.
They’re sold as regular disposables, which means you’ll have to open a fresh lens every day. They’re worn through the day and then discarded at night. They are typically worn the whole day, but a day without these lenses would not harm the procedure. The lenses should be worn as much as myopia development is a concern.
Safety and Efficacy

A three-year clinical trial involving 135 kids aged 8-12 who’d been prescribed MiSight or conventional soft lenses was conducted to determine the efficacy of MiSight. Myopia advanced at a far slower pace in children that wore MiSight over three years, by 59 percent to be precise, than in children that wore traditional soft contacts.

These findings suggest that MiSight may be an outstanding solution for halting the child’s development of myopia.
Myopia, also described as nearsightedness, is a widespread eye disease that has become more well-known in past years. The expert will check your eyes and tell you the procedure of Misight contact lenses at the dry eye specialty clinic.

Ortho-K For Myopia Management:

Special kind of lens for the people who want to avoid wearing glasses, Orthokeratology enhances the vision of the wearer. Ortho-k lenses are often recommended for two reasons: to overcome refractive defects and to help people see better (primarily nearsightedness, and also astigmatism and hyperopia). These lenses are custom designed to your eye and can be worn overnight. This allows you to go about your day without the need of glasses or other contact lenses throughout the day!

You will get the best possible outcome by using extremely accurate eye form details from scans of the eye surface. 

Types:
The Orthokeratology lenses come in 2 types
Effects of Orthokeratology:
Of course, Orthokeratology does not show its effects immediately after putting it on. For getting the optimum results, it is said to take 2-3 days. To get quick results, you need to wear it 24/7, even when you are sleeping. The result you will get in the end is:

Scleral Lenses For Myopia Management

Scleral contacts are gas-permeable contact lenses with a wide diameter that vault over all the entire corneal surface and settle on the white of the eye (sclera). Scleral contact lenses vault above the cornea and rest their weight on the sclera. These lenses can help with vision problems caused by abnormal corneas, refractive defects, and a variety of other disorders.
Types:
There are a variety of scleral lenses, each having its own attributes and features.
Which lens suits you the best? This can be recommended by an expert eye specialist, which can be found in good eye hospitals.
Use of Scleral Lenses:
As Scleral contact lenses have become an important clinical option for patients with ocular surface disease because they shield the ocular surface, provide constant corneal hydration although providing optimal vision correction, and mostly used in combination with other treatments. Scleral lenses will help you see better and reduce pain.
Are Scleral Lenses Right For Your Child:

Scleral lenses should never be used as the first action against any eye complications. If you are being faced with dry eyes or other complications, the first thing you need to do is visit an effective eye care hospital like the dry eye specialty center. Scleral lenses can also benefit patients who can’t wear regular contact lenses due to extreme dry eyes. The area between the cornea and the scleral lens serves as a moisture reservoir. Wearing scleral lenses is much more convenient thanks to the additional moisture.

Is to see a good eye doctor like a dry eye specialist center with the slightest indication or suspicion that your child may have had myopia. They will give you lots of specific guidance and ways to mitigate the impact.

Schedule a free consultation with a specialist.