Myopia Control in Orlando
Myopia Control are treatments that are intended to slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness).
These treatments can induce changes in the structure and focusing of the eyes to reduce stress and fatigue associated with the development and progress of nearsightedness. The younger one starts, the better the outcome.
WHY SHOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN MYOPIA CONTROL?
If your child has myopia (nearsightedness), most likely they will need stronger eyeglasses year after year.
The more nearsighted someone is, the thicker their eyeglasses are and high levels of myopia puts patients at risk of early cataracts, glaucoma and detached retinas.
The good news is that recent studies have shown it is possible to control myopia.
There are several types of treatments that have shown promising results for controlling myopia. Myopia Control may also be an option for young adults who are still experiencing changes in their prescription.
- ATROPINE EYE DROPS
This drop is a medicine that is used to dilate the pupil and completely relax the eyes focusing mechanism. For myopia control, a very low dose (0.02%) is put into the child’s eyes at bedtime. Upon awakening there is generally no side effects from the drops. Some studies have found a reduction of myopia progress of 81%. The recommendation is to treat for two years with drops then stop the drops for a year to see if progression occurs. If progression occurs, then re-start the drops for 2 more years.
- MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES
These are special contact lenses that have different powers in different zones of the lens. The child wears the contact during the day and removes at night.
Studies have found that children wearing the multifocal contact lens had 30-54% less progression of their myopia.
The vision with the multifocal contact lenses is generally not as sharp as regular contact lenses or eyeglasses.
- ATROPINE EYE DROPS & MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES
The multifocal contacts are worn during the day and removed in the evening. The eye drop is put in the eyes at bedtime each night.
Ortho K is the use of specialty designed gas permeable contact lenses that are worn overnight to temporarily correct nearsightedness so glasses and contact lenses are not needed during waking hours. Studies have shown an effect of 43% reduction in the progress of myopia.
Treatment Plans For Myopia Control at Southwest Orlando Eye Care
- Atropine Eye Drops and Multifocal Contact Lens Program
- Atropine Eye Drop Program
- Multifocal Contact Lens Program
Schedule of Visits
Initial Visit: Eye Exam with Cycloplegic Refraction. Start Drop and/or contact lens wear.
(Dilation may last up to 12 hours)
- 1-2 Week Visit - Intermediate Eye Examination, Check for any side effects, check pupils.
- 1 Month Follow Up - Intermediate Eye Examination, Check for any side effects, check pupils.
- 3 Month Follow Up - Intermediate Eye Examination, Check for any side effects, check pupils.
- 6 Month Follow Up – Cycloplegic Refraction (Dilation may last up to 12 hours)
- 12 Month Follow Up – Comprehensive Eye Examination
Any additional visits necessary will be included in fee. Wellness Eye Examinations are not included.
** Does not include eyeglasses, solutions, or any other type of contact lens.
OTHER WAYS TO SLOW MYOPIA PROGRESSION
- Outdoor Time – Studies have shown that being outside 2 hours per day can help prevent myopia progression.
- Walking, Biking, Tennis, Golf, Walking the dog, Skateboarding, Rollerblading, Hiking and Yard Work.
- Remove your eyeglasses when you are doing close activities such as reading, writing, computer use, texting and studying.
- Eat healthy, especially dark leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, kale, turnip greens and collard greens. High carbohydrate diets can make myopia worse.
- Take a multivitamin and Vitamin D3 Supplement
- Replace all light bulbs with a full spectrum bulb (bulbs that are similar to the sun). These can be found at Home Depot or Lowes.
Consider These Facts If Your Child Has Myopia
- In Americans aged 12 to 54 years, the prevalence of myopia has almost doubled to over 40% in the past 30 years.
- High Myopia is strongly linked to a higher risk of cataracts, retinal detachment, and myopic maculopathy.
- Even 1.00D of myopia doubles the risk of myopic maculopathy and posterior subcapsular cataract and triples the risk of retinal detachment compared to emmetropes (not requiring correction).
- Children who have one myopic parent have a three-fold risk of myopia development compared to their peers who do not have this family history; two myopic parents double the risk again.
- To learn more about whether or not Myopia Control is right for your child, visit mykidsvision.org