Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is the inability to see objects that are far away. This 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 incredibly common and will most likely start developing during childhood. Symptoms of Myopia include squinting, eyestrain, headaches, and fatigue. If you believe your child may have Myopia, contact us for effective Myopia management in Herndon, VA.
In addition to poor vision, Myopia also increases your child’s risk of certain eye diseases. Some of these diseases include retinopathy and Glaucoma.
We have seen an influx of Myopia symptoms in recent years. Researchers believe this is due to the increased amount of screen time children are experiencing.
If not properly managed, Myopia will progress and in many cases progress quickly.
Early detection, intervention, and treatment can help slow down, if not stop the progression of Myopia.
As of now, there is no cure for Myopia.
Glasses and/or contact lenses are worn to correct the amount of Myopia a patient has at the time of the exam. This option is great for the patient’s current prescription but does not help with the detrition that will occur over the year until the next annual visit.
Our Doctors are proud to offer three alternative options:
– Overnight contact lenses – 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 so once the lens is removed in the morning, the patient will be able to see clearly and continue with their daytime activities. These lenses must be worn every night, as directed.
– Daytime Soft Contact Lenses – FDA-approved option, MiSight, are soft lenses worn during the day much like traditional contact lenses. The unique optical design reduces the progression of Myopia when worn within the doctor’s specific guidelines.
– Prescription Eye drops or Atropine Therapy – Customized treatment plan for younger patients who may not be ready for contact lenses. Eye drops are put in the eyes before bed each night, as directed. Glasses and/or contact lenses will still be required during the day. However, the drops at night will be slowing down the progression.
You may still have questions or may not be sure which option will be best for your child.
Only you, the parents and our board-certified doctors can determine which treatment plan is best for your child. We will work together to get to know your child and their eyes before personalizing a plan.
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