Myopia Control in San Francisco

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Keeping Things in Focus

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common refractive error that causes objects at a distance to appear blurry or out of focus. Myopia occurs when the eyeball grows too long or the cornea becomes too steep to focus light correctly on the retina. When this happens, the light focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it.

When the brain cannot perceive a clear image, it can be challenging to perform daily tasks. School can become increasingly difficult for children as they won’t see the board clearly and may need additional instruction that isn’t always available. However, methods exist to help slow myopia’s progression and give your child a better chance at clear vision.

If you’re interested in how Acuity Vision Optometry Boutique can help your child, please reach out! You can contact our office to request an appointment or use our online form.

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Symptoms of Myopia

Myopia often develops in school-aged children but may not always be outwardly visible. It’s important to know what to look for to ensure your child gets the care they need to see clearly.

Some common signs of myopia in children include:

  • Frequent squinting
  • Excessively rubbing the eyes
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Complaining they can’t see at school
  • Excessive blinking
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue

Myopia is diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. If you notice any signs of discomfort in your child, you should bring them in for an exam. Also, be sure to follow the recommended exam frequency to ensure your child’s ocular health and vision are appropriately monitored.

Managing Myopia

Several types of myopia control can effectively slow its progression in children. Although there’s no cure for myopia, there are different ways to stop the eye from growing abnormally and keep your child’s vision stable.

The type of myopia control best for your child depends on their current health, lifestyle, and goals. During your appointment, we’ll discuss all options with you so you can make an informed decision for your child.

Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is a non-surgical method to correct vision problems caused by myopia. They involve specialty contact lenses that are worn at night while you sleep to temporarily flatten the cornea. They’re removed during the day, and wearers experience the effects until they put them back in before bed.

Orthokeratology has many peer-reviewed studies that have shown it to be an effective method to reduce myopia’s progression and, in some cases, halt it altogether.

Distance center multifocal soft contact lenses act similarly to how regular contact lenses are worn. They’re worn full time to correct vision, but the concentric rings varying in lens power have been shown to reduce myopia’s progression effectively.

Low-dose atropine is a specialized medication available in eye drop or ointment form to help reduce myopia progression. It works by paralyzing the eye’s focusing mechanisms to lessen accommodation often associated with frequent near work. Several studies have been performed to assess the effectiveness of atropine as a medication for myopia, which has shown it to be effective.

Specialty eyeglass lenses, like progressive lenses and bifocal lenses, have been shown the slow the progression of myopia in children.

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If you’re interested in myopia control and how it can help your child secure future success, we’d love to help. Please request your appointment online or give us a call anytime!

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