Myopia, also called nearsightedness, is a common vision problem that can affect anyone of any age. Our optometrists at Southwest Orlando Eye Care in Orlando can help with myopia control treatments such as vision therapy. The pediatric eye doctor can treat myopia along with any other eye health or vision issues that may be affecting your child.
Myopia is caused by a steep curve in the cornea. Patients who have myopia often complain of eye strain, blurred vision, especially far away, and headaches. If your child sees an optometrist in Orlando once per year, the standard eye tests will reveal this condition. If your child is found to be nearsighted, there is a range of great treatment options to control the condition.
There are vision therapy treatments that can help with a nearsighted child's vision. Among them are multifunction glasses, multifunction contact lenses, and orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k. Your pediatric eye doctor can prescribe the best treatment option for your child's myopia. Myopia control can help your child avoid some of the worst complications caused by conditions like retinal detachment, glaucoma, blindness, and cataracts.
Multifocal glasses work to help children see far away as well as they do close up. They have been proven to work in slowing a child’s nearsighted progression. This works better for children than wearing regular glasses. Some studies have shown it slows down the progression by 51%. Multifocal contact lenses work for some children to slow down the progression of nearsightedness. The optometrist can prescribe contacts that may reduce the progression of the nearsightedness by about 50%. Wearing regular contacts does not have this effect.
Orthokeratology involves lenses that reshape the cornea. They are special contacts that the child wears during sleep. The lenses cause a temporary reshaping that allows the child to see well all day and not have to wear the lenses again until bedtime. This has proven to reduce the progression of nearsightedness by 43%.
Myopia Control in Orlando
If your child has been diagnosed with myopia and you live in or around Orlando, call Southwest Orlando Eye Care today at (407) 271-8931 to schedule an appointment. Our optometrists will provide the proper testing along with treatment options for myopia control.