Myopia is a common eye condition that affects an estimated 25% of Americans. Myopia typically develops in childhood and requires treatment from an eye doctor.
Can myopia be cured or at least slowed? Nova Vision Center shares some insight below.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that occurs when the eyes don’t bend light properly. This is due to the eye being longer than normal or the cornea being too steep. As a result, the light rays that enter the eye are focused in front of the retina instead of directly upon it. This results in difficulty seeing distant objects, while nearby objects remain clear.
Myopia Control for Children
Myopia typically emerges in children between the ages of eight and 12. The condition is often hereditary, meaning if a parent has it, the child is at a higher risk. Myopia also increases the patient’s risk of developing a detached retina, cataracts or glaucoma unless treated by a professional optometrist. Fortunately, myopia control can help. This involves a series of treatments that prevent myopia progression and help correct your child’s vision. These treatments include:
Orthokeratology – Also known as ortho-K, this treatment involves wearing special contact lenses over night that gradually correct their vision. Upon waking up, the lenses are removed and the patient can enjoy temporary clear vision.
Atropine Eye Drops – These are normally used to widen pupils during an eye exam, but when given to children in small amounts for two to three years, the drops may effectively slow the progression of myopia. Some eye doctors think these drops may keep the eye from lengthening too much.
If you need a comprehensive eye exam or looking to get new contact lenses, make your appointment today with Nova Vision Center. We serve patients in Alexandria, Arlington and or nearby VA areas. Call us at (703) 578-3600 or fill out our convenient online form!