Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common refractive error that affects millions of people worldwide. In myopia, distant objects appear blurry while close-up objects appear clear. While myopia can be corrected with glasses or contact lenses, it is important to understand that it is a progressive condition that can worsen over time. This is where myopia control comes into play.
Myopia control involves various techniques that aim to slow down the progression of myopia and reduce the risk of associated eye diseases. As an optometrist at Park Slope Family Eye Care, here are some reasons why I recommend myopia control to my patients:
Slowing Down Myopia Progression
Myopia tends to progress rapidly during childhood and adolescence. By implementing myopia control measures, we can slow down the progression of myopia and reduce the risk of high myopia in adulthood.
Reducing the Risk of Eye Diseases
Reducing the risk of associated eye diseases: High myopia increases the risk of several eye diseases such as cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. By controlling myopia, we can reduce the risk of these serious eye conditions.
Improving Visual Function
Myopia control can improve visual function in children by reducing the need for stronger glasses or contact lenses. This can lead to better academic performance, sports performance, and overall quality of life.
Cost-Effectiveness of Myopia Control
By reducing the risk of high myopia and associated eye diseases, patients can save money on future medical expenses.
Convenience and Non-Invasiveness of Myopia Control Measures
Myopia control measures such as Ortho-K or multifocal contact lenses are convenient and non-invasive. They do not require surgery or any significant lifestyle changes. They can be easily incorporated into a child's daily routine.
At Park Slope Family Eye Care, we offer several myopia control options such as Ortho-K, multifocal contact lenses, and atropine eye drops. Each patient's needs are unique, and we tailor our approach to provide the most effective myopia control options for them. If you are concerned about your child's myopia or want to learn more about myopia control, please contact us today to schedule your appointment!
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