Managing Myopia with Our North Richland Hills Optometrist
Myopia is a type of visual refractive error that results in impaired vision. People who have myopia, find that they can see things clearly when they are nearby, but objects that are farther away seem more blurry. The condition is commonly referred to as nearsightedness, and it frequently begins in childhood. It is one of the most common reasons why kids and adults come to need glasses. At Advantage Eyecare, our North Richland Hills optometrist can help you manage your myopia and maintain optimal vision.
Because curing myopia is not yet available, the best option is to keep the condition under control and aim toward slowing the progression. Mild levels of myopia do not pose as many serious risks to vision later in life, so staying one step ahead can be quite beneficial.
Diagnosing and Treating Myopia
The most obvious signs of myopia are often discovered as part of an eye exam, or even in a vision screening. Eyeglasses are normally the first line of defense for helping a child with myopia see as well as their normal vision peers. Myopia control, however, aims to go one step further, because allowing myopia to become advanced may lead to serious problems later on, including cataracts or detached retina.
Myopia Control Options
With recent developments, parents of nearsighted kids no longer have to be passive about their child's myopia treatment. Where once they would simply bring their kids in for a yearly exam, and a stronger pair of glasses, there are now other options. These include:
- Atropine Eye Drops -a topical medicine used to dilate the pupil and relax the eye's focusing mechanism. Some studies show the drops may reduce the progression of the condition by over 80%.
- Multifocal Contact Lenses - multifocal lenses are normally used to help cases of presbyopia because there are different zones on the lens with different strengths; however, they have helped some children slow the progression of their nearsightedness when worn in alternate eyes alongside a conventional contact lens
- Orthokeratology ("Ortho-K") - special contacts are worn at night to reshape corneas for better vision during the day
- Multifocal Eyeglasses - Multifocal glasses, such as bifocals and trifocals work similarly to multifocal contacts, but with less success
Contact Our Optometrist in North Richland Hills for More Information
The type of treatment parents and their children choose for nearsightedness is a personal decision and one that could impact the child for the rest of their lives. At Advantage Eyecare, our eye doctors are here to answer questions and address any concerns you may have so you can feel confident that you are making the best choice for your family. To learn more about your options, or to schedule an eye exam, contact Advantage Eyecare in North Richland Hills, TX at 817-788-2020.