Myopia (or nearsightedness) in which the length of the eyeball is too long is a growing concern worldwide as the number of people, especially children, diagnosed with it continues to increase. Myopia has been traditionally "corrected" with glasses, and although glasses makes the distance vision clearer, they do not slow down the progression or worsening of myopia. This means as children grow and their myopia progresses, we have to make their glasses stronger every year to continue to achieve clear distance vision. Higher levels of myopia increases a person's risk for certain eye diseases, including cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal diseases.
There are now several options of controlling or slowing the progression of myopia, called myopia management. These options include: low dose Atropine eye drops, multifocal contact lenses, and orthokeratology. Myopia control lenses for glasses are also currently undergoing clinical testing for FDA approval.
For more information, please call our office to schedule an eye examination and evaluation.