Myopia (nearsightedness) is a very prevalent eye disorder affecting approximately 50% of Americans. Nearsightedness makes faraway images appear blurry. This condition begins in early childhood and progresses as one gets older. In addition, myopia patients are at a higher risk of developing other eye disorders such as glaucoma, retinopathy, cataracts, and more.
Our eye doctors at University Eye Associates help diagnose and manage myopia in children to prevent the condition from worsening in their adulthood. We help patients at our Charlotte, Harrisburg (Rocky River), and Davidson locations control and slow the progression of their myopia.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia occurs when the eye starts developing abnormally, becoming more elongated as a child grows. This leads to light from faraway images focusing in front of the retina rather than on it, causing distorted or blurred vision.
Early Detection of Myopia
The best way to manage myopia is to detect the condition early. Even without visible signs of vision problems, it’s important to schedule regular eye exams for your child annually.
What Is Myopia Control?
We use myopia control to slow down the progression of the condition in children. The treatment aims to progressively change the eye’s structure and focus, consequently relieving stress and ocular fatigue to manage myopia. Slowing down nearsightedness allows your child to enjoy improved ocular health and have a better chance of maintaining optimal vision.
How Does Myopia Control Work?
While myopia management is unique to each child’s needs, our pediatric optometry team may prescribe one of the following treatments:
- Atropine eye drops
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)
- Multifocal glasses or contact lenses
- Myopia control glasses
- Daily Disposable Contacts
Contact Us for Eye Care for Your Child from Our Pediatric Optometry Team
By investing in effective myopia-control measures, you will not only improve your child’s vision, but you will also significantly reduce his or her risk of developing other severe eye ailments in their adult life. At the University Eye Associates, our pediatric optometry team provides myopia screening and effective control measures. We are committed to helping our patients maintain their eyesite at any stage of life. Contact our team at 704-547-1551 to make an appointment with one of our optometrists in Charlotte, Davidson, or Harrisburg (Rocky River) today.