Children & Myopia Management
Today, Myopia presents itself at an earlier age in children more than in the past. Studies have shown that the increase in nearsightedness is in part due to time spent doing work up close; not just computer, video games and increased screen time — reading for long periods can also impact your eyes. There are three primary options your eye doctor may use for controlling the myopia progression in children.
Atropine Eye Drops
Myopia occurs when your eye grows too long (axial elongation), or your cornea is too curved. The light that enters your eye has a harder time focusing the way it should, and this results in blurred vision. Atropine drops can help slow axial elongation. Normal dosage of atropine eye drops causes a temporary dilation of the pupils. In Myopia Management, low dose atropine is used. At this low dosage, the typical side effects of Atropine are not noticeable, thus making this a great myopia control option for young children.
Multifocal Myopia Control Contacts
The primary use of multifocal contacts that are designed for myopia control is to help reduce myopia progression while achieving clear vision at all distances. According to studies, children who wore MiSight myopia control contacts had a 59% reduction in the advancement of Myopia compared to children who stuck with traditional soft contacts.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) or CRT (Corneal Reshaping Therapy) is a treatment that uses an overnight gas-permeable contact lens to gently and temporarily reshape the corneal surface to correct the vision. A patient wears these lenses overnight, which corrects the eye prescription so that upon removing the lenses in the morning the vision is clearer. The clear vision usually lasts all day long. It is important to note that this treatment is temporary, and the effects of the overnight management will usually last throughout the entire day as long as the lens is worn every night.
Do you want to take the next steps in ensuring your child has full potential regarding their vision? Contact our office today to ask our staff any questions about these treatments and your child’s next appointment.
Myopia Management Using Ortho-K
Myopia is a growing epidemic in the United States and the entire world. Orthokeratology is a treatment used for Myopia Management to reduce the progression of myopia. Currently, 30% of people in the world are myopic. By the year 2050, 50% of people in the world will be myopic.
What is Myopia?
Myopia, also called nearsightedness, is the most common cause of impaired vision in people under the age of 40. Myopic individuals will have difficulty reading and seeing distant objects. However, these individuals can see close-up objects.
Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long causing light to focus at a point in front of the retina rather than directly on the retina. Myopia typically begins in childhood and stabilizes in early adulthood. However, in some cases, it progressively gets worse with age.
Symptoms of Myopia Include:
- Eye strain
Benefits of Ortho-K for Myopia Management
Myopia Management is the term to slow the progression of myopia in children. By managing myopia progression, you can reduce the risk of vision-threatening complications, such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachment.
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) or corneal reshaping therapy (CRT) is proven to temporarily correct mild to moderate amounts of myopia. Patients only have to wear Ortho-K contact lenses at night during sleep. The lenses gently reshape the front surface of the patient’s eyes to help correct vision. In the morning when patients remove these lenses, they can see more clearly without glasses or contact lenses throughout the day.
Ortho-K contact lenses are an excellent option for children and young adults who want to be glasses-free but are too young for LASIK or for those who are not good candidates for refractive surgery. Ortho-K lenses reshape the front surface of the eye every night and help to prevent further progression of myopia in childhood.
Schedule an appointment with our office to discuss the benefits of ortho-k for your child and to see if your child is a candidate for this management.
Orthokeratology — What is It?
Corneal Refractive Therapy is a non-surgical treatment that uses special contact lenses to reshape the cornea of the eye while you sleep, without altering the physiology of the eye.
These oxygen-intense, “breathable” lenses work to temporarily reverse the effects of Myopia during the night so the wearer can experience clearer vision the following day—without the use of glasses or contacts. Ortho-k is used primarily to slow the progression of mild Myopia in adults and children, although it can aid in the temporary correction of low-degree astigmatism, hyperopia, and presbyopia as well.
What To Expect From CRT?
Those who start CRT may begin to notice better vision in as little as just a few days, however, most patients will want to allow up to two weeks to gain the full results of treatment. It is important to note that the results of CRT are reversible and will only remain as long as the wearer continues nightly use of the contact lenses. CRT is a perfect solution for individuals who have mild to moderate nearsightedness, may not be candidates for LASIK surgery, or who do not want to undergo a surgical procedure to correct their vision. Patients who are active and wish to have sharper vision without having to worry about the daily use of glasses or contacts during the day, have found CRT an ideal solution.
The Eye Doctors at Ginter Eyecare Center can discuss whether CRT is appropriate for you. If you like the idea of waking up each morning with clearer vision without having to wear glasses or contacts during the day, call our Ginter Eyecare Center Eye Doctors and find out more about how you can safely correct your vision – all while you sleep!
Is CRT Safe?
CRT was approved by the Federal Drug Administration in 2002 and has been approved for use in all ages of patients. While there have been no serious adverse risks related to wearing CRT lenses, those who have trouble using contacts should discuss their concerns with our Eye Doctor before proceeding with treatment.
How long do the lenses last?
The Eye Doctors at Ginter Eyecare Center recommend replacing your CRT lenses once a year. During your visit to our Ginter Eyecare Center office, our Eye Doctors and orthokeratology experts will discuss with you the proper care techniques for your lenses so that they will last as long as possible.
Why Choose Orthokeratology?
For those with mild or moderate Myopia, Ortho-k is a great option, especially for sports-related activities or when working in environments containing debris or dust. Ortho-k can also be an effective pre-LASIK treatment that can temporarily stall the need for corrective eye surgery. In addition, the fast, painless and safe process makes Ortho-k a practical solution for children or adults who have Myopia.
How Costly is Ortho-k?
Unfortunately, most Insurance does not cover the total cost of Ortho-k. Additionally, costs will vary depending on your Eye Doctor and your unique prescription.