Myopia Management Alexandria VA

What to Do When Your Child Has Myopia

No matter what age you are, visual health is an essential part of your healthcare journey. This is especially true for younger children. It is important to start bringing your child in for eye exams early to develop good habits, and so we can check for any visual ailments, such as myopia.

At Visual Health Doctors of Optometry, we see younger patients all the time and can make the visit a fun and enjoyable experience. If your child hasn’t been to the eye doctor yet, consider choosing us for reliable eye care in Alexandria, Virginia.

What is Myopia?

Myopia is the inability to see objects far away, also commonly known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness. It occurs when the eye grows too long from the front to back and causes the light to focus before it reaches the retina as opposed to directly on it. Myopia is the most common vision problem and typically begins developing during childhood. Symptoms include headaches, eye strain, squinting, and fatigue. If you suspect your child may have Myopia, contact us for effective Myopia management in Alexandria, VA.

Risks of Myopia

Myopia does not just negatively affect vision capabilities. It also increases your child’s risk of certain eye diseases, including retinopathy and glaucoma.

We have seen an influx of such symptoms in recent years and researchers believe it is due to the increased amount of screen time. Unless correctly managed, myopia will progress and, in many cases, progress quickly.

There is no cure for myopia. Early detection, intervention, and treatment can help slow down and, in some cases, stop the progression of myopia.

Treatments for Myopia

Traditionally, glasses or contact lenses are worn to correct the amount of Myopia a patient has at the time of the exam. This is a great option for the patient’s current prescription but does not help with the detrition that will occur over the year until the next annual visit. As such, we offer the following solutions:

  • Overnight Contact Lenses – These are custom-made contact lenses that are worn while the child sleeps. During the night, the lens is gently reshaping the front surface of the eye. Once the lens is removed in the morning, the patient can see clearly and be able to continue their normal daytime activities. Although, the lenses must be worn every night to properly help your child.
  • Daytime Soft Contact Lenses – This FDA-approved option called MiSight is a soft lens worn during the day, much like traditional contact lenses. However, the unique optical design reduces the progression of Myopia when worn within the doctor’s specific guidelines.
  • Prescription Eye Drops or Atropine Therapy – This is a customized treatment plan for younger patients who may not be ready for contact lenses. Before bedtime each night, eye drops are put in the eyes. Glasses and/or contact lenses will still be required during the day, but the drops at night will help slow down the progression of Myopia.

Learn More About Myopia

If you have any questions about myopia, how it may affect your child, or which treatment is right for your child, please give us a call today or request an appointment online.

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If you want to learn more about our optometrist practice - where we offer the area's most convenient hours, where we offer a variety of generous payment options, and where your and your child's healthy vision is our top priority - Visual Health Doctors of Optometry is here to serve you!

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