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Myopia Control

Myopia Control

Myopia (nearsightedness) prevention is a relatively new venture in optometry to try to reduce the rate of change or development of high prescriptions in children. As light passes through the pupil to the retina, rays of light focus on the macula. There are many theories, and researchers suggest a possible trigger for myopia progression may be peripheral rays out of focus on areas of the retina farther from the macula, causing the eyeball to grow physically longer. Magnitude of prescription is closely tied to the length of the eyeball. A one-millimeter change in eyeball length (less than half an inch) can cause a change of 3.00 diopters (units) of prescription. To put this in perspective, a child with a glasses prescription of -3.00 D of nearsightedness will not be able to see much farther than about a foot past his or her eyes. Imagine how this would affect a child in school, not able to see past the ledge of the desk. Many parents ask, “Is there anything we can do?”

Soft multifocal contact lenses, a particular prescription drop, or a combination of the two may reduce peripheral ray defocus, thereby reducing the growth of the eyeball. This specialized field has been around for a short time, so research is still ongoing. The younger a patient is when nearsightedness is diagnosed, the more successful the treatment may be, and effectiveness of treatment may be limited after age sixteen. Please call the office if you have more questions and are interested in this treatment for your children. Soft multifocal contact lenses, a particular prescription drop, or a combination of the two may reduce peripheral ray defocus, thereby reducing the growth of the eyeball. This specialized field has been around for a short time, so research is still ongoing. The younger a patient is when nearsightedness is diagnosed, the more successful the treatment may be, and effectiveness of treatment may be limited after age sixteen. Please call the office if you have more questions and are interested in this treatment for your children.

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St. John's, FL 32259