Myopia is the inability to see objects from far away. This is also known as nearsightedness or shortsightedness. Myopia 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. This is the most common vision issue and usually begins developing during childhood. Symptoms of Myopia include headaches, fatigue, eyestrain, and squinting. If you suspect your child may have Myopia, contact us for effective Myopia management in Woodbridge, VA.
Myopia can affect your child’s vision and increases their risk of developing certain eye diseases including retinopathy and Glaucoma. There has been an influx of Myopia symptoms in recent years. Researchers believe it is due to the increased amount of screen time.
Myopia can progress very quickly if not managed properly. Early detection, intervention, and treatment can help slow down and, in some cases, stop the progression of Myopia.
Currently, there is no cure for Myopia.
Typically, glasses and/or contact lenses are worn to correct the amount of Myopia a patient has at the time of the exam. This short-term 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 also offer three alternative options:
– 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 so once the lens is removed in the morning the patient can see clearly and continue with normal daytime activities. The lenses must be worn every night.
– Daytime Soft Contact Lenses – FDA-approved lenses called MiSight are soft lenses worn during the day much like traditional contact lenses, however, the unique optical design reduces the progression of Myopia. It is important that these are worn within the doctor’s specific guidelines.
– Prescription Eye drops or Atropine Therapy – This is a personalized treatment plan for younger patients who may not be ready for contact lenses. Eye drops are put in the eyes before bedtime. Glasses and/or contact lenses will still be required during the day, but the drops at night will slow down the progression of Myopia.
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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