Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, has become more and more common in recent years. Some estimates predict that roughly one-third of the global population will suffer from myopia within the next few years. Indeed, some scientists have gone so far as to call this trend an epidemic.
Not only is myopia becoming increasingly widespread; it is starting to manifest in children at younger ages than ever before. What’s more, childhood cases of myopia tend to get more severe as the child grows, leaving them dependant on heavy prescriptions by the time they reach adulthood.
Still, there is hope. Through myopia management, we can slow myopia’s progression, allowing your child to maintain more of their distance vision than they would without treatment.
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Scientists believe that regular and ongoing eye strain could be one of the factors that contributes to myopia progression in children. Myopia mangement is a series of treatments designed to reduce eye strain. The less myopia progresses during a child’s formative years, the less correction the child will need once they reach adulthood.
One of the factors that contributes to myopia progression is growth. Childhood myopia tends to get worse partially due to the way the eyes grow as the child gets older.
Once a person reaches adulthood, their eyes do not grow or change as much anymore, meaning their myopia will most likely stabilize. Because adult myopia cases are not typically progressive, myopia management is not typically necessary or useful for adults.
Ortho-k or orthokeratology uses special rigid contact lenses to gently reshape the eye overnight. Your child inserts their contact lenses every evening at bedtime. When they wake up, they can simply remove the lenses and carry on about their day.
Ortho-k allows children to see all day without wearing contact lenses or glasses. If the child stops wearing their contacts at night time, their child’s corneas will slowly revert to their natural shape. The contact lenses must be worn every night to maintain clarity.
Multifocal contacts are a type of specialty contact lens which offer different corrective powers in different areas of the lens. Each corrective power seamlessly transitions to the next, creating a gradient effect. Multifocal lenses allow children to shift their focus without straining their eyes as they would with single vision lenses.