Myopia (nearsightedness) is a vision problem that impacts the ability to see distances clearly. Myopia solutions can help correct visual acuity and prevent problems associated with high or progressive myopia. The early detection and management of myopia is crucial for preserving sight and eye health.
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Treating & Managing Myopia
There are multiple methods for improving or managing vision problems caused by myopic progression. After a consultation, your eye doctor can prescribe an appropriate treatment for your unique care and lifestyle needs. We base our recommendations on the latest research, our years of experience, and your individual comfort.
The primary purpose of our myopia program is to maximally slow down or stop the progression of myopia. Slowing down myopia progression by 50% can reduce the chance of developing high myopia by 90%. It is also known that the higher the myopic prescription, the higher one’s chance of losing vision later in life. Therefore, slowing down the lengthening of the globe of the eye, so as to keep myopia at the lowest possible degree is of utmost importance.
Traditional glasses and contact lenses can improve visual acuity but do not stop eye growth. As a result, myopia progress, leading to further vision changes and increasing the risk of eye problems.
Myopia control provides solutions for slowing eye growth and preventing myopia progression. Some myopia solutions offered at Golden Vision Optometry include:
Our Myopia Management Solutions
The most effective myopic control program is a combination of different treatment modalities as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle and good visual hygiene.
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine eye drops are a staple in the eye care industry, often used to dilate the pupil during eye exams. Low-dose atropine has been used as an effective treatment for progressive myopia. Concentrations of 0.01% to 0.05% are more common, but we create a concentration based on your individual needs.
Typically, eye drops are prescribed for children between 5–18 years old. The low-dose atropine drops are administered to each eye at bedtime and treatment continues for 2–3 years depending on the individual needs of the patient. Side effects can include redness or itchiness. Atropine causes the pupil to dilate, so temporarily blurry vision is also common.
Atropine eye drops relax the eye’s focusing muscles and slow eye growth. These drops prevent the progression of myopia, so children will likely still require their prescription glasses or contact lenses.
At Golden Vision Optometry, we are proud to provide you with dependable sources for good quality atropine.
BT50 glasses (+0.50 blue-light filtered reading glasses) help counteract the impact of blue light on eye health. Prolonged exposure to blue light sources can increase the risk of developing eye disease and health problems, including digital eye strain, macular degeneration, and disrupted sleep cycles.
Children who are already being treated through myopia control methods, such as ortho-k or soft multifocal lenses, typically don’t require glasses to see clearly. However, BT50 glasses may be prescribed to improve the effectiveness of the treatment, particularly for children who frequently engage with near-vision activities and digital screens.
Near-vision work (reading, studying, crafting) and digital screens (computers, e-readers, phones) can, over time, impact myopia development. BT50 glasses can reduce eye strain or eye fatigue caused by close-distance activities and filter harmful blue light emitted by digital screens.
Soft Dual Focus Lenses
While success with ortho-k lenses is common in children, not all children can tolerate the requirements. Ortho-k involves wearing rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses overnight. Medical researchers have looked for a soft contact lens alternative that exhibits the same therapeutic result.
A soft dual focus or multifocal contact lens can improve vision and slow eye growth. The lens design controls peripheral light in the eye, correctly focusing light on the retina. Compared with traditional or single-vision contact lenses, multifocal lenses can slow myopia progression by about 43%.
Today, several custom-made soft lenses can simulate similar results to ortho-k lenses. For example, MiSight soft contacts are available at Golden Vision Optometry. As soft contact lenses are generally easier to adapt to, it is expected that soft contact lenses for myopia control are likely to overtake ortho-k in popularity.
As with ortho-k lenses, practicing proper visual hygiene and contact lens care is still essential. At Golden Vision Optometry, we aim to combine effective methods with education to help our patients achieve the best possible results.
When most people think of hygiene, they likely think about washing their hands, brushing their teeth, and other crucial cleanliness habits. Visual hygiene, however, considers the various ways we care for our eyes. How we use our eyes can impact our eye health and vision.
Intense vision-based activities can exhaust our visual system. Near-vision work, in particular, is considered a risk factor for developing myopia. Because digital screens are typically held or placed closely, they’re commonly related to many near-vision tasks. Digital screens also make the eyes work harder, leading to digital eye strain.
People experiencing digital eye strain may have multiple symptoms, including blurry vision, headaches, and dry eyes. Practicing good visual hygiene can help protect your eye health and prevent vision problems.
When reading, avoid bringing the material too close to your face. It’s best to maintain a distance of 15–25 inches between reading material and your eyes, including printed books and your phone screen.
Take frequent screen breaks. Incorporating the 20/20/20 rule can be a helpful guideline to get you started. For every 20 minutes of screen time, take a 20-second break and relax your eyes. Look at an object 20 feet away to help reset your focus. When possible, avoid staring at a smartphone or digital screen for an extended period.
Discover Your Solution
Myopia control includes multiple methods, so it’s crucial to get to know you and your unique eyes to prescribe an appropriate treatment. At Golden Vision Optometry, we develop a personalized strategy to discover the best possible solution for your unique vision and eye health. See the Golden Vision difference. Text us for an appointment today!
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