Myopia Control for Kids at Advantage Eyecare
A significant percentage of the U.S. population suffers from a refractive error called myopia, or nearsightedness. As common and treatable as this condition may be, however, it can be associated with other, even more serious eye issues later in life. Most myopia develops during childhood, which is why controlling the condition at this stage of life is critical. Here at Advantage Eyecare in North Richland Hills, we can offer nearsighted kids a remarkable technique called orthokeratology that actually curbs myopia development.
The Importance of Myopia Control in Pediatric Eye Care
Myopia usually occurs when the eyeball takes on an elongated shape instead a more normal spherical shape. This means that incoming light has to travel that much farther to reach the retina at the back of the eye. Since the structures at the front of the eye are configured to refract and focus light for a spherical eyeball, the image comes into focus "in front of" the retina, and by the time it actually reaches the retina, it's out of focus again. This causes you to see distant objects as a blur even though you can still see close-up objects clearly.
While myopia is mostly just an annoyance for many individuals, the more serious the condition is, the more likely it is to have severe consequences. These include a heightened risk of cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. The majority of myopia development occurs during the childhood years, after which the progression slows. That's why controlling myopia is an important aspect of pediatric eye care. The earlier we can slow the rate of progression, the more likely your child is to enjoy a lifetime of sharper vision and better ocular health.
State-of-the-Art Solutions at Our Family Optometry Center
Our family optometry center is proud to offer orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses to kids suffering from early stages of myopia. This form of treatment actually benefits adults by helping them see clearly without corrective lenses during the day. The special contact lenses "mold" the corneas into a corrected shape as you sleep, and the benefits last for days at a time. In nearsighted kids, however, the benefits are even more profound. Studies show that the regular use of ortho-k lenses slows the progression of myopia in school-aged children, meaning that they will experience a lesser degree of the disorder for the rest of their lives.
Is Your Child Nearsighted? Call Your Optometrist in North Richland Hills
If you have a nearsighted child, you'll want to learn more about our myopia control services. Call 817-788-2020 to schedule an appointment with your optometrist in North Richland Hills!