A Growing Vision Issue
Unfortunately, myopia – commonly known as nearsightedness – is becoming increasingly common, particularly in children.
The Risks of Uncontrolled Myopia
If progressive myopia is left uncontrolled, and the eye elongates too much, some people run the risk of experiencing complications such as:
- Retinal detachment
- Myopic macular degeneration
Myopia can also lead to earlier development of cataracts, as well as an increased risk of retinal degeneration after cataract surgery.
Myopia in Children
Recently, more and more children are being diagnosed with myopia at an earlier age. If uncorrected, it can seriously affect their ability to see in the distance and learn effectively in school. If properly controlled, the progression of myopia can be slowed down, and children may not need as severe of a vision correction prescription.
- They have difficulty seeing in the distance.
- They hold things such as books, tablets, and homework very close to their face.
- They squint or close one eye to read.
- They frequently have headaches or rub their eyes.
- Their eyes water excessively.
How We Can Help
Clear View Eye & Vision Care can assist by providing leading treatments proven to aid in controlling myopia.
- Low dose atropine (below the standard 1%)
- Ortho-K (orthokeratology)
- Soft bifocal contact lenses
MiSight Contact Lenses for Myopia
Clear View Vision Care is proud to be the first Arizona optometry practice to be certified providers of MiSight contact lenses for controlling myopia.
MiSight contacts are FDA approved for helping children manage their myopia development. These contacts are easy to fit and wear, and because they are only a 1-day disposable lens, there’s no need to care for them as they are thrown away after being used.
MiSights are designed with multiple powers to help light focus in front of your retina instead of behind it to prevent your eye from elongating and amplifying the symptoms of myopia.
While there is no cure for myopia, by using treatments to control its progression, we can significantly slow down its development and decrease the risk of further complications.
If you are concerned about myopia affecting you or your family, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us. We would be happy to explore treatment options with you.