Did you know that myopia management treatments can slow down the development of nearsightedness? Connie Tsai, OD, Vincent Cano, OD, and their eye care team at Project Eyecare Optometry, offer myopia management services to protect your child's visual clarity. Call Project Eyecare Optometry or schedule a consultation online today to find out if myopia management is right for your family.
Children are developing myopia at younger ages, which can increase their risk of a variety of eye health complications later in life. To combat the early onset of nearsightedness, the optometrists at Project Eyecare Optometry offer myopia management services to slow down the development of a refractive error.
Myopia occurs when your eye is too long from front to back, which causes light to focus in front of your retina instead of on it. Nearsightedness can also be due to a cornea that is too curved for the length of your eyeball or if your intraocular lens is too thick.
The optometrists at Project Eyecare Optometry use orthokeratology to reduce and slow myopia. Orthokeratology uses special gas permeable contact lenses to reshape your eye. You wear the contact lenses overnight while you sleep and take them out in the morning for clear, crisp vision.
Orthokeratology lenses adjust the curve of your cornea, which changes the way that light focuses in your eye and on your retina. Your cornea bends light and is responsible for most of your eyes' corrective power. Myopia management with orthokeratology is an excellent option to consider as an alternative to LASIK or other refractive eye surgeries.
Your child has frequent appointments so your optometrist can monitor their progress and eye health. Orthokeratology often provides results in a short amount of time, although your child will need to continue to wear their nighttime contact lenses, much like they would need to sleep in a retainer after orthodontic treatment.
The optometrists at Project Eyecare Optometry begin with a comprehensive exam to ensure that your child's eyes are healthy and that orthokeratology is the right treatment. They examine your child's retina as well as the internal and external structures of their eyes. The optometrist maps your child's corneas with a topographer, creating a map showing the peaks and valleys of their corneas.
Other treatments for myopia management also include Atropine eye drops and customized multifocal contact lenses.
If you're looking for a treatment that stops myopia instead of just correcting it with glasses or contact lenses, call Project Eyecare Optometry or make an appointment online to find out if myopia management is right for your child.