Myopia Part 2
This week, I am going to highlight the myopia control procedures that we now offer at Eyedeology to help reduce myopia progression – Orthokeratology, Atropine eye drops, and a Soft Multifocal contact lens.
Overnight Vision Correction
Orthokeratology is the use of a contact lens retainer that you wear overnight to reshape the cornea to correct the myopic prescription during the day. Meaning you may not need to wear glasses for the majority of time the following day. Can you imagine not wearing glasses or contact lenses and still be able see? “Ortho-K” lenses create a myopic defocus in the peripheral retina, which in turn slows down or halts the eye from growing longer and therefore slows down myopia progression.
Atropine ophthalmic eye drops have also shown the ability to slow down the progression of myopia. There are minimal side effects to pupil dilation and accommodation when using the drops. Sunglasses or transition lenses are advised to be worn during treatment.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal Contact lenses have also shown to reduce myopia progression. The central zone of the contact lenses will correct for the far vision while the peripheral zone of the contact lenses create the defocus in the periphery to help slow down progression.
These myopia treatments are more effective in younger children and as every child is different, we will assess which method is best for your child during our consultation visit. As I see many nearsighted children on a daily basis, it’s refreshing to be able to have options for their vision in order to slow down the changes.