Fortunately, at Elite Vision Care, we offer a range of myopia management solutions. These not only correct for nearsightedness, but also slow or stop the progression of myopia.
What Is Myopia (Nearsightedness)?
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is when you can see clearly close up, but distant objects are out of focus. It’s a “refractive error,” which means it’s caused by the front part of the eye, the cornea, being shaped wrong. It’s important to understand that there’s a physical reason for nearsightedness!
Myopia usually progresses over time and requires stronger and stronger eyewear prescriptions, especially for children, whose eyes are still growing. Standard eyeglasses and contact lenses can correct nearsightedness (the symptom), but don’t treat the underlying problem of the cornea’s shape (the cause). This is why eyewear is a useful but temporary solution to nearsightedness.
Symptoms and Effects
The most obvious symptom of myopia is nearsightedness, where objects nearby appear more clearly than those farther away. There may also be behavioral changes, such as rubbing of eyes, and eye strain that leads to headaches and general discomfort.
The biggest problem with myopia, however, is that it affects the way people live their lives. They might not put themselves out there because they can’t see what everyone else can. Nearsightedness can impact everything from fine motor skills to athletics and coordination, leading to clumsiness and even injuries. Even a small obstacle like nearsightedness can dramatically change how someone interacts with the world — or how they don’t, and make them miss out on a lot of opportunities.
Myopia Treatment Options
Myopia management describes a range of products, treatments, or solutions that help keep myopia under control — a combination of correcting vision, and slowing or halting the progression of myopia, tailored to your specific case and lifestyle needs.
Your eye doctor will take the time to learn about how your myopia affects your lifestyle, how it has progressed over time, and how your unique eyes and daily schedule would be affected by various possible solutions. These notes will inform which treatment options we recommend, which you’ll utilize on a day-to-day basis for clearer, more comfortable vision.
- Standard Eyeglasses
and Contact Lenses
- Atropine Eye Drops
- Ortho-K Lenses
- Daily MiSight® Lenses
- Multifocal Glasses
Standard Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses
For many people with stable vision prescriptions, standard eyewear such as eyeglasses or soft contact lenses can be sufficient for their needs. But as we said above, eyewear only corrects the symptoms of nearsightedness, not the condition that causes it, meaning myopia will continue to progress.
Atropine Eye Drops
The idea behind low-dose atropine eye drops is that a major cause of myopia progression is “focus fatigue.” These eye drops painlessly prevent the eye from focusing as hard so that myopia won’t progress. This is particularly useful for treating rapidly-advancing cases, and pairs well with eyewear.
Ortho-K lenses are custom-fit and worn overnight to gently reshape the cornea, which prevents myopia from advancing. Because the cornea is the proper shape the following morning, it also provides clear vision throughout the next day. Ortho-K lenses work for people of all ages, but especially well in growing children.
Daily MiSight® Lenses
MiSight® lenses are daily disposable contacts that both correct nearsightedness and reshape the cornea. They are the daytime counterpart to Ortho-K lenses: essentially, you use them the same as standard contacts, but they also reshape the eye over time. MiSight® lenses have been clinically proven to slow or stop the progression of myopia in children between the ages of 8-12 years.
Multifocal Glasses and Contacts
Multifocal glasses and contacts correct for different ranges of vision in different parts of their lenses — for example, the bottom of the lens may be better for reading, while the top may be better for seeing distant road signs. Like with atropine drops, this helps reduce “focus fatigue” to slow or stop the progression of myopia. We offer advanced multifocal options, like our no-line progressive lenses.
Interested in LASIK Later in Life?
Many people make the decision to undergo LASIK surgery later in life; in fact, LASIK requires that your eyes be finished developing and that you have a stable vision prescription. LASIK is a simple outpatient surgery that safely and permanently reshapes the cornea for potentially lifelong vision improvement.
At Elite Vision Care, we offer LASIK evaluations for anyone interested in making this life-changing choice, as well as surgery co-management. This means that once you choose to undergo LASIK, your surgeon will have complete access to your doctor’s knowledge of your eye health. From consultation to post-op appointments, we work diligently to ensure you get quality, tailored care throughout the entire process.