Myopia Control

Myopia Control at Arvada Optometric Center

If you or some other member of your family finds that distant text and objects appear blurry, the culprit may be an extremely common refractive error called myopia. The visual distortions of myopia, better known as nearsightedness, can be corrected with glasses, lenses, or LASIK eye surgery, but did you know that the progress of myopia in children can also be reduced? Here at Arvada Optometric Center in Arvada CO, we offer safe, effective, non-surgical techniques to help minimize myopia's effects on your children's eyes.


Understanding Myopia

Myopia is a problem with the way the retina of the eye receives light, a type of conditions known as a refractive error. In an ideally spherical eyeball, incoming light passes through the cornea and lens so that it resolves into a focused image right on the retinal surface. If the eyeball is elongated rather than spherical, however, that resolution occurs at a point in front of the retina, not directly on it. This causes your distance vision to appear blurry, even through your near vision is still clear. In hyperopia, or farsightedness, the opposite effect occurs because of a foreshortened eyeball.

While myopia can affect adults due to visual strain, diabetes, or cataracts, most myopia development occurs during childhood, with the changes settling down by age 20. As common as the condition may be, you shouldn't take your child's myopia lightly. The worse this refractive error becomes during childhood, the worse your child's vision is likely to remain throughout the adult years. Severe myopia even raises an individual's risk for such serious eye problems as retinal detachment, cataracts, and glaucoma. By reducing the amount of myopia your child develops, you're helping to guarantee a lifetime of better vision.

Techniques for Curbing Nearsightedness

Our optometry center can evaluate your child's eyes and vision to determine the degree of myopia, if any, and then recommend strategies for reigning in the condition. One tried-and-true technique involves the use of atropine eye drops. These eye drops dilate the pupils and temporarily reduce the eye's ability to shift from one field of distance to another. It has been found that atropine eye drops can slow the development of childhood nearsightedness by up to 77 percent.

Corrective lenses are another technique for controlling myopia. Multifocal glasses and contacts can reduce the development of myopia in school-aged kids. Orthokeratology ("ortho-k") contact lenses, which temporarily reshape the corneas, have also demonstrated their effectiveness at slowing myopia development.

Call our Arvada, CO, Optometry Clinic to Learn More

Arvanda Optometric Clinic has the options you need to help your kids minimize their myopia. Call our Arvada CO optometry clinic at 303-424-5282 to learn more!