At Elite Vision Care, one of the most common vision issues we manage, especially in children, is myopia: difficulty seeing distant objects. We want to do more than only correct myopia; we want to keep it under control. That’s why we offer a range of customizable treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness — and keep vision healthy and clear for years to come.
What Is Myopia (Nearsightedness)?
A common eye condition often discovered in children, myopia causes distant objects to appear blurry while close objects can be seen clearly. Most often in myopic eyes, the eyeball has grown longer than normal, or the cornea is too steep. It can be genetic — but also may be caused by too much near work, not enough time outdoors, and blue light exposure from digital screens.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, has become one of the biggest vision issues in the U.S.: up to 40% more people are nearsighted today than 40 years ago!
What Are the Symptoms
& Effects of Myopia?
You’d be surprised how many kids have nearsightedness and don’t even know their vision is unusual, or just don’t have the words to tell you. That doesn’t mean you won’t be able to tell! Bring your child in for an eye exam if they’re:
- Rubbing eyes
- Getting frequent headaches
- Struggling in school or athletics
- Having difficulty reading
- Avoiding activities they enjoy
Why is Myopia
Myopia is often discovered in children when they’re between the ages of 5 and 12, and while glasses can correct nearsightedness, the eye’s incorrect shape will usually continue to worsen over time. Extra eye exams and eyewear for prescriptions that change constantly aren’t the only concern: nearsighted eyes are at higher risk for eye diseases later in life, such as cataracts, and glaucoma.
The negative effects from uncorrected myopia also extend to quality of life, and personal and psychological development, especially with high myopia. Struggling to see the front of a classroom, a ball being passed around, or friends’ expressions can make it harder for any child to keep up.
Myopia control not only corrects nearsightedness, it can help secure a clearer, brighter, and healthier future — and a better daily life right now.
Our Myopia Treatment Options
While adults may benefit from myopia control, it’s most effective when started early in life, before myopia has progressed too far or the eye has started to stabilize. Effective myopia management in children and young adults may require a combination of treatments depending on the cases and lifestyle needs — and our doctors get to know you so they can provide that personalized care with these options.
Ortho-K lenses are worn overnight to gently reshape the cornea and improve vision. These lenses are removed in the morning and help you see clearly the next day. Ortho-k replaces the need for daytime glasses or regular contact lenses without surgery, and slows the progression of myopia.
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.
Multifocal lenses are often prescribed to patients over 40 with age-related vision problems, but they can also help slow eye growth and limit myopia progression in children. They’re safe, bring clear vision at any range, and reduce eye strain that causes further myopia progression.
Myopia Control with Dr. Erder
Annalisa Erder, O.D., is our expert optometrist at Elite Vision Care. She loves to provide pediatric care and holds certifications in myopia management, making her as much an expert with nearsightedness as she is with making your child excited about better vision.
As a certified MiSight® lens practitioner and experienced prescriber of other popular myopia management methods, Dr. Erder takes the time to learn about how your child’s myopia affects their lifestyle and how it has progressed over time, and then recommends treatment options based on a thorough exam and their specific needs.