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Myopia Management

Slow the progression of your child’s nearsightedness.

Does your child have difficulty seeing distant objects?

Myopia (nearsightedness) typically starts to develop in childhood and often progresses until about age 20.

Slowing the progression is important because it may reduce the risk of developing serious eye conditions later in life such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and blindness.

See how myopia affects your child’s eyes: www.coopervision.com/myopia-simulator

There are several treatment options to slow the progression of myopia. Schedule an exam at Frisco In Focus to learn more.

Myopia is on the rise

Nearsightedness is a growing concern in the US and other countries.

It is estimated that by the year 2050, roughly half of the world’s population will be affected by this eye condition.

Many researchers believe the rise can be attributed to more time spent staring at screens and less time outdoors.

Read When Children Can’t See Far: A Discussion About Pediatric Myopia [PDF]

How do you “manage” myopia?

Determining a myopia control plan for your child starts with a visit to your eye doctor. Schedule your appointment now.

There are a few main approaches to controlling myopia in children, including:

1. Therapeutic Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses are special contacts that have different powers in different zones of the lens.

Researchers and eye doctors have found that multifocal soft contact lenses are also effective tools for myopia control in children. Some research demonstrates that using soft multifocal lenses in children caused a 25-50% reduction in progression over 2 years.

Frisco In Focus utilizes the MiSight technology.

MiSight’s clever dual-focus design allows children to see clearly while at the same time slowing down eyeball growth and reducing myopia progression. These innovative lenses are a daily disposable design suitable for myopic children as young as eight years old.

2. Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)

Ortho-K – also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT) or “corneal reshaping lenses” – is a non-surgical approach that helps to reshape the curvature of your child’s cornea using specially designed gas-permeable contact lenses.

Ortho-K contact lenses are only worn during sleep at night and are used to temporarily correct mild to moderate myopia symptoms. Frisco In Focus utilizes the Paragon CRT lens design.

Evidence suggests that nearsighted children who undergo several years of orthokeratology may end up with less myopia as adults.

3. Prescription Eye Drops

Learn more here: Five-Year Clinical Trial on Atropine for the Treatment of Myopia

Topical atropine is a medicine used to dilate the pupil and temporarily relax the eye’s focusing mechanism and has been used in myopia control for years.

Several studies show that low-dose atropine helps to reduce the progression of myopia in children, especially when combined with Ortho-K lenses.

If you’d like to learn more about myopia control, request an appointment at Frisco In Focus today.