Keep Your Child’s Vision Protected with Myopia Control
Myopia is the most common refractive error worldwide, and in Canada, 30% of people have myopia. It also appears to be appearing sooner in people—once myopia tended to set in around age 13 or 14, but now it can begin as early as age 6 or 7.
Fortunately, we can curb myopia’s progression with several different technologies that fall under the banner of myopia control. Come see us to find out how we can help your child’s vision.
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a condition where near objects are seen clearly, but objects in the distance remain out of focus. It’s caused by the eyeball being either too long or too curved; these both cause light entering the eye to focus in the wrong spot. The error in light refraction leads to vision problems.
If left to progress unchecked, myopic vision can worsen and increase a person’s risk of early cataracts or a detached retina. Fortunately, some treatments have been shown to slow myopia progression and minimize these risks.
How Myopia Control Works
There is no cure for myopia. However, since myopia is caused by irregularities in the eye’s curvature or the length of the eye, it can be slowed by making changes to the eye’s structure.
At Trinity Hills Eyecare, we’re currently using science-based data to develop a program that rates patients for myopia progression risk. Come see how we can help with your child’s myopia today!
Our Myopia Control Treatments
Atropine drops temporarily relax the eye’s focusing mechanism. When used at a low concentration, these drops have proven effective for short-term myopia control.
Misight Soft Contacts
Coopervision’s Misight soft contact lenses are single-use daily contacts designed for kids with myopia. They’re soft, comfortable, and easy to use. These lenses can be used for children as young as 8! Visit us for a contact lens exam to see if contacts are suitable for your little one.
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses work by gently reshaping the front of the eye. These lenses are typically worn overnight, allowing your child to wake up with improved vision. They may not even need their glasses during the day!
Please note that since myopia cannot be cured, ortho-k lenses will have to be worn at night regularly for best results.
We also carry plenty of other specialty contact lenses. Visit us for a contact lens exam to see which lenses might be able to help your child.
To ensure the ortho-k lens is perfectly personalized, our optometrists map the surface of your child’s cornea using a corneal topographer. This is a painless process, as the machine does not make direct contact with their eye.
We offer glasses for children with lenses that are designed for myopia control. These glasses are a good option for children too young to use contact lenses, as they are totally non-invasive.
Multifocal lenses are a gentle myopia treatment option. They are not as effective as multifocal contacts but are a good fit for younger children or those who can’t wear contact lenses.
Hoya’s Miyosmart lenses are intended to control myopia via a glasses lens with a ring-shaped area. These lenses are also impact-resistant and offer UV protection.
MyoVision lenses by Zeiss are single vision lenses designed for myopia management. They were crafted with the lifestyle of children in mind.