Myopia Control Treatment Options

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Myopia Control Treatment Markham Ontario

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Slowing The Progression Of Nearsightedness

What Is Myopia Control?

Myopia control is the process of slowing down the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) particularly among children and teenagers. If your child is nearsighted you may have noticed that with each annual visit to the eye doctor they need a stronger prescription.

You may wonder if there is anything you can do to stop this progression. The answer is yes, your child’s optometrist can help slow the progression of myopia with different treatment options!

Call our Markham optometrists at 905-477-4488 or send us an email to learn more. We offer professional eye care services to patients of all ages!

Benefits of Myopia Control

The obvious benefit is that you can slow down the progression of nearsightedness. Over time, your child will be left with decreased myopia/nearsightedness and therefore decreased likelihood of ocular pathology associated with myopia, such as:

  • Retinal complications and disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts

Myopia Control Treatment Options

There are four popular types of myopia control treatment options for children all supported by peer-reviewed studies:

1. Overnight GP Lenses Orthokeratology (Ortho-K Or OK Lenses)

Overnight orthokeratology (also called corneal reshaping lensescorneal refractive therapyvision shaping treatment) are gas permeable contact lenses worn only at night to help temporarily correct nearsightedness. Throughout the night Ortho-k lenses (OK lenses) work to gently reshape the cornea. Then, when the child wakes up, he or she can take out the ortho-k lenses and have clear vision throughout the day, without having to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses.

For more information on fitting contact lenses, visit our contact lenses page.

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2. Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal soft contact lenses have emerged as a popular treatment option for myopia progression. There are daily and monthly options available depending on your child’s prescription.  Children with higher levels of refractive error that make it difficult to properly fit orthokeratology lenses are good candidates for multifocal contact lenses.

3. Atropine Eye Drops

Low dose Atropine eye drops have been shown to decrease the rate of nearsightedness. They can be used as a solo treatment and in conjunction with one of the other treatments.

4. Multifocal Eyeglasses

Children can also wear multifocal eyeglasses to help slow the progression of nearsightedness.

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Myopia Control Clinic At Unionville Optometry

If you are concerned about the progression of your child’s nearsightedness please speak with our eye specialists at Unionville Optometry in Markham Ontario.

Our specialists would be happy to evaluate your child’s vision and eye health and recommend the proper eye care products or a customized myopia control treatment plan.

To learn more, call our Markham Optometry clinic at 905-477-4488 or send us an email.