The Advanced Eyecare Centre offers myopia control and management services in Calgary. To understand these options and why it is important to manage your child’s nearsightedness, we must first learn a bit more about myopia itself.
Nearsightedness, or myopia as it is medically termed, is a vision condition in which near objects are seen clearly, but distant objects do not come into proper focus. It occurs when your eyeball is too long or the cornea has too much curvature. This causes the light entering the eye to focus in front of the retina, as illustrated here:
This increase in the rate of myopia is concerning because individuals who develop high amounts of myopia are at increased risk of getting:
The good news is that research has shown it is possible to slow down the progression of myopia in children. “Myopia control” is the term used to describe these treatments, which include:
Atropine is an eye drop that causes muscles in the eye to relax. It has been found to decrease the progression of myopia by up to 77% when administered regularly at very low concentrations. These low concentrations are not available commercially, but can be obtained with a prescription at a compounding pharmacy. While this therapy has been used successfully for many years, there have been no long terms studies on it to evaluate for potential negative effects.
Peripheral Defocus Lenses:
Standard lenses to correct for myopia are optimized to provide you with clear distance vision regardless of where you look in the lens. This results in light rays focusing behind the retina in the periphery. In children this peripheral blur can stimulate the eye to grow longer still, inducing more myopia:
Who should consider Myopia Control and Management Services:
- Children who develop myopia before age 11
- Children with a family history of high myopia
- Children with a history of rapidly progressing myopia
Please contact us today if you think your child might benefit from myopia management.