What Is Myopia Control?

Myopia control is the process of reducing or stopping the progression of myopia, typically in children. Orthokeratology, Atropine Drops, and Multifocal Contacts are all tools that are commonly used to control myopia. They all have their own strengths and weaknesses. Drs. Karres and Keller will work with you and your child to find the best treatment option to keep your child’s myopia from progressing.

Why Myopia Control Is Important

Myopia makes everything harder. If you ask anyone who is nearsighted and they’ll tell you that it isn’t fun. Glasses fog up and get dirty. Contacts can get dry. Seeing an alarm clock in the middle of the night can be almost impossible. These problems only get worse when the prescription gets worse.

Myopia can cause blindness. This isn’t to scare you but to let you know that there is more to myopia than blurry vision. Glaucoma, Cataracts, Retinal Tears and Detachments, and Maculopathy are all at increased risk with higher myopia.

Myopia Control Options

Atropine Drops
Atropine is a dilation drop that is diluted and used nightly. Because it is a low dose there is almost no blurriness or light sensitivity. Atropine can be used alone or as an added treatment to ortho-k or contact lenses.
Also knows as ortho-k, or corneal refractive therapy, is a treatment option that involves wearing specially designed contact lenses at night while sleeping. Eliminating the need for glasses whiles slowing the progression of myopia is the main benefit of this option.
Visit our Orthokeratology page to lean more
Multifocal Contact Lenses
These are contacts that are similar to bifocal glasses can be a good option for reducing myopic progression. Multifocal contacts can offer more consistent vision and can be customized to provide great vision and comfort.
Drs. Karres and Keller at Central Ohio Vision and Eyecare are here for you! If you’re looking for a local eye doctor to manage your child’s myopia, give us a call at 614-933-0575 or click the link below schedule an appointment.
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