Myopia Prevention and Control
Someday I may be prescribing pills to stop the development of myopia (nearsightedness) in children. While we’re not there yet, we now can offer numerous options to stop/slow the onset and progression of nearsightedness in your child!
Your child’s nearsightedness continues to increase as their eyes elongate. Numerous factors contribute to this lengthening of their eyes, but the end result is a continually increasing prescription in your child. Health, safety, cosmetic, emotional, and convenience factors come into play as we watch our children become more and more nearsighted and dependent on glasses or contact lenses. You’d like to keep their eyes from changing, but you don’t know what to do, and the eye doctor hasn’t offered any alternatives other than stronger glasses.
How We Can Help Your Child
We can now tailor a treatment plan for your child to stop/slow the onset and progression of nearsightedness! These treatments have been shown to be safe and effective in ‘changing the course of history’ with children’s eyes. We have multiple options to consider:
Ortho-K uses a retainer lens worn during sleep to gently reshape the front surface of the eye. Upon awakening the lenses are removed, and the result is clear vision all day without the use of glasses or daytime contact lenses. Ortho-K creates an internal eye focus pattern that helps keep the eye from lengthening, and when the eye doesn’t lengthen, the prescription doesn’t increase.
Eye Drop Medication
Research and clinical experience has demonstrated the safety and effectiveness of using prescription eye drops (atropine) at bedtime to slow or stop the progression of nearsightedness in children. This stops/slows the growth (elongation) of the eye, stabilizing the prescription in its current power range.
Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses
The progression of nearsightedness is reduced when certain designs and powers of soft multifocal contact lenses are used with children. The internal eye focus created by the lenses appears to inhibit the elongation of the eyes and slows the rate and magnitude of prescription change in children. This treatment approach can be combined with atropine eye drop therapy as another way to slow or stop myopic changes.
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500 South Third Street, Suite 105
Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: (630) 232-7800
We are conveniently located off of the Geneva Metra Pink line, 1/2 of a block away.