Nearsightedness, also known as myopia, is a common vision condition that affects people of all ages. In children, myopia often progresses rapidly, worsening throughout childhood until reaching adulthood when vision prescriptions typically stabilize. Until that point, each year may bring a worsening of the child's myopia. Unfortunately, myopia cannot be reversed without eye surgery.
Eye surgery is generally not an option for children. However, the progression of myopia can be slowed down and, in some cases, halted through the use of myopia control methods. Optometrists have two approaches to treating myopia and achieving better control. If your child has myopia and requires an eye exam, contact us for their eye care needs. It's important to obtain an updated prescription each year from the optometrist to ensure accuracy. For eye care in the Bronx, Yonkers, and White Plains areas, call VistaSite Eye Care today.
Medicated Eye Drops
There are various types of medicated eye drops available, including those containing a medication called atropine. These drops are applied to the child's eyes every night at bedtime. Regular nightly use can help control the progression of myopia. When effective, this approach reduces the degree of nearsightedness the child will have as an adult. Children may take some time to adjust to the process, but it is a simple method that can be highly effective for kids with myopia.
Ortho-K Contact Lenses
Another approach optometrists may consider for your child is ortho-k contact lenses. These specialized lenses are designed to correct vision and achieve better control of myopia. They are worn only during sleep and removed upon waking. During the eye exam, the optometrist can assist you in learning how to properly insert them into your child's eyes.
When worn consistently, these contact lenses gently reshape the eyes temporarily, making them more rounded. This helps slow down or halt the progression of myopia. Additionally, they provide sufficient vision correction, eliminating the need for glasses the following day. However, this effect is temporary, and if the child discontinues wearing the contact lenses at night, their eyes will revert, requiring the use of glasses once again.
Find Eye Care for Myopia
To improve your child's vision as they approach adulthood, myopia control is available. When you require an eye exam from an optometrist, schedule an appointment with us at VistaSite Eye Care by calling (718) 324-2020. We proudly serve the Bronx, Yonkers, and White Plains areas.