Why is Myopia Control Important?
Its easy to think of myopia (nearsightedness) as the simple opposite of hyperopia (farsightedness). The truth is actually very different. Why?
- The incidence is increasing at an alarming rate
- The potential for disease as myopia increases is significant
- The cost for care of complications in high myopia will be a growing burden to health care system
- Because we can significantly limit progression and it resulting loss of vision
- If we choose not to, we have to live with that fact
Myopia is a progressive disease, not just a vision problem. The data shows the incidence is rapidly changing.
The rate of increase in myopia is increasing RAPIDLY.
Myopia leads to vision loss, not just thick glasses.
- Retinal Detachment
- Myopic Macular Degeneration
- Cataracts and a higher incidence if Retinal Degeneration after surgery
What is Myopic Macular Degeneration?
Myopic Macular Degeneration is where the continued thinning and stretching of the back of the eye, due to Myopia, causes physical damage to the retina, resulting in loss of vision.
What options exist for Myopia Control?
- Atropine (60%-87 %) – many doctors are not aware of the research on low-dose atropine and reject atropine based on the side effects of the normally available 1% strength. Low concentrations are just as effective and have little to no side effects, but these lower concentrations must be compounded at a specialized pharmacy.
- Ortho-K (orthokeratology) (40% up to 90%)
- Soft Bifocal Contact Lenses (40% up to 87%)
We provide all three proven clinical options for myopia control. Call us to day to schedule an exam for you or your child.