What is Myopia?

Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, develops when the eye elongates which causes light to focus in front of the retina than directly on it. For those with nearsightedness, distant objects appear blurred while nearby objects remain clear.

This condition develops during childhood, when eyeballs are experiencing rapid growth, and tends to progress gradually or rapidly through young adulthood.

Family eyesight history plays a role in a child’s risk of myopia. If one parent is myopic, it increases the child’s chance of developing myopia by 3x – doubling to 6x if both parents are myopic.

Myopia is more than an inconvenience; when left untreated it increases the risk of irreversible vision loss later in life. Myopic progression has been linked to sight-threatening conditions such as:

  • retinal detachment
  • myopic maculopathy
  • glaucoma
How to Slow Down Myopia

Optometrists use a series of treatments to slow the progression of myopia in children. Our myopia management treatments can induce changes in the structure of the eye by reducing stress and fatigue linked to myopia. Several studies have indicated that these treatments successfully slow down the progression of nearsightedness in children and teens.

We currently offer several different customized treatment options to slow the progression of myopia. Our doctors work closely with each family and customize treatment programs for every child based on their unique needs.

The treatments offered include:

  • Multifocal soft contact lenses
  • MiSight® 1 day soft contact lenses
  • Orthokeratology (“ortho-k”) or corneal refractive therapy (CRT)

Patients are carefully monitored by our doctors and reviewed every 6-12 months to determine progress.