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.
We are excited at SJEA to announce the launch of our children’s Myopia Management service in partnership with Treehouse Eyes®, the country’s leading Myopia Management service. The revolutionary system, designed to treat your child’s myopia and significantly reduce the threat of more serious eye diseases, is one of the most important innovations since glasses were first prescribed hundreds of years ago!
Request an appointment to find out if Myopia Management could benefit your child.
THE DANGERS OF MYOPIA
Studies now show there is more to worry about with myopic eyes than the inconvenience of ever-thickening lenses. Scientific evidence has proven that myopic patients are more vulnerable to a range of sight-threatening diseases and complications.
Patients with mild myopia have a four-fold increase in the risk of retinal detachment. For those with moderate to severe myopia, the risk increases ten times. One study concluded that more than 50 percent of retinal detachments not related to trauma are associated with myopia. Other myopia risks include glaucoma, cataracts and myopic macular degeneration.
MYOPIA CAN BE MANAGED
The dangers of myopia, in conjunction with the normal challenges of subpar vision, mean it is important for parents of myopic children to manage the condition as part of your child’s eye health. The goal of Myopia Management is to slow or even stop the progression of myopia and reduce its impact on your child’s life. The younger Myopia Management begins, the more effective the treatment.
HOW MYOPIA TREATMENT WORKS
DOES MYOPIA MANAGEMENT WORK FOR ADULTS?
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.
OUR METHODS OF MYOPIA MANAGEMENT
OVERNIGHT CONTACT LENSES
These specially designed contact lenses are designed to be worn at night only, put in right before bed and taken out in the morning. They gently and comfortably reshape the front surface of the eye during the night, with an effect that lasts all day. These lenses are customized for each child to fit their eye.
Parents appreciate that these lenses stay at home, so there is no risk of a child losing them outside the home. An added benefit of these lenses, also known as custom Ortho-K, is that your child will be able to see without the need for glasses or regular contacts during the day, so they can see clearly in school and for sports and other activities.
DAYTIME SOFT CONTACT LENSES
These customized contact lenses are designed to be placed on the eye in the morning and removed each night. They have a special optical design to reduce the progression of myopia while providing clear vision during the day. This treatment allows children to be free from glasses all day while providing excellent comfort and vision for all their activities.
PRESCRIPTION EYE DROPS
Another treatment alternative is a prescription eye drop, formulated to a specific concentration known to reduce the progression of myopia. These drops are applied at night before bed, according to the schedule our doctor recommends The child wears glasses or contact lenses during the day. This treatment is excellent for families concerned if their child is ready for a contact lens treatment, and often used for younger children or those showing rapid progression.