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Child with Contact Lens

What is Myopia?

Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness, and causes objects in the distance to appear blurry.  Patients with myopia require some form of vision correction (glasses, contact lenses or corrective surgery) so that they can see clearly when looking in the distance.

What is Progressive Myopia?

When myopia is diagnosed in children, it is almost always progressive which means the vision deteriorates as the child grows. This is due to the myopic eye becoming longer causing the distance vision to become more blurred and the prescription to increase.  Not only will the child require stronger glasses or contact lenses to see clearly, the health of the eye is severely compromised in high myopia.
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The elongated eye is more at risk of developing cataracts, glaucoma, retina detachment and myopic macular degeneration. With the increasing prevalence of myopia, it is anticipated that myopia will become the leading cause of permanent blindness worldwide.

Treatment Options

There are treatment options available for progressive myopia. The treatments work to slow the elongation of the eye and therefore slow the progression the the nearsightedness by approximately 50%. Not only will the child require a lesser prescription, we can reduce the risk of developing serious eye conditions in adulthood.
  • Ortho-keratology overnight contact lenses
  • MiSight daily disposible contact lenses
  • DIMS techonology spectacle lenses
  • Low dose atropine eye drops
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