According to the World Health Organization, we are experiencing a myopia epidemic. This condition is the most common eye condition in the world and is the leading source of childhood vision problems.
As of right now, there is no way to stop myopia from developing. We can, however, slow its progression down. Through myopia control, you can prevent your child from needing a much stronger prescription in adulthood.
Request an appointment to discover if myopia control will work for your child.
Myopia control is a process designed to slow the progression of myopia as your child ages. The ultimate goal is to help your child get to adulthood with the lowest eyewear prescription possible.
There are several methods of myopia control available. Most methods rely on eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct nearsightedness on a daily basis and limit eye growth to prevent as much myopia progression as possible.
MiSight single-vision contact lenses use a principle called myopic defocus to essentially pause the growth of the eyeball.
Recent studies indicate that peripheral vision may play an important role in directing the growth of the eyeball. It seems that many children with myopia also have something called hyperopic defocus. Their peripheral vision focuses at a point just behind their retina rather than directly on it.
The eye tries to accommodate for this issue by growing longer, giving the peripheral vision more space to focus correctly. Unfortunately, this makes the nearsightedness worse in the child’s central vision.
MiSight lenses refract the light, so peripheral vision focuses at a point in front of the retina. The eye then slows down growth significantly to avoid making the peripheral defocus any worse, which in turn prevents the central vision from getting significantly more severe.
Multifocal lenses offer several different corrective powers in one lens. The different levels of magnification are usually arranged in a sort of gradient, allowing the child to see clearly at every distance.
This lens design can cut down on strain, allowing children to see both what’s written on the whiteboard and what’s written in their books. Multifocal lenses may also eliminate hyperopic defocus or create myopic defocus, which can slow the progression of myopia.
Multifocal lenses are available as spectacle lenses and contact lenses. Both can help reduce myopia progression, although spectacles are not as effective as contact lenses.
Brighton Eyecare is conveniently located in Brighton Marketplace just off McCormond Drive, between Save on Foods and The Keg.
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We understand that life is busy, and it isn’t always convenient to take time out of your workday to visit your optometrist. To help serve you better, we offer Saturday appointments and have extended hours on Thursdays.