Myopia Control

Myopia control is the term that is used to inhibit the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. Recent studies have shown that it is possible to slow the rate in which children develop myopia, which may help reduce the risk of serious complications associated with high myopia later in life. At Lunettes Optometric, we use specialized equipment and techniques to evaluate refractive errors and measure the shape and size of a patient's eyes in order to determine which of the following course of actions are best to manage myopia growth:

Atropine Drops

Atropine drops are generally used to reduce pain due to inflammation and temporarily restrict the pupil from dilating. Studies have shown that these drops can be prescribed as a standalone treatment or can be used in conjunction with other corrective measures to inhibit myopia progression.

Multifocal Contacts & Glasses

Multifocal soft contact lenses and bifocals were originally developed for older patients who have lost the ability to accommodate for near vision. These types of lenses are now being used on children, as studies have shown that it can be effective in myopia control.

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)

Ortho-K contact lenses differ from multifocal soft contact lenses in a couple of different ways. Ortho-K lenses are rigid, gas permeable lenses that are designed to be worn at night while asleep. The lenses temporarily correct the patient's vision by reshaping the cornea in the night, and therefore are removed in the morning as they are not needed during the day.

If you would like to know more about Myopia Control, please feel free to give the office a call and to schedule an appointment with our Corneal and Contact Lens Specialist.