Is Managing My Child's Nearsightedness Important?
Myopia significantly increases the risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases later in life, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration. The higher your child’s myopia, the greater the risk.
Although eyeglasses and standard contact lenses can correct a person’s vision, they do not treat the underlying cause of myopia or slow its progression. As a matter of fact, many eye doctors believe that single-prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses can actually make myopia progression worse!
This is where myopia management comes in.
If you’re concerned about your child’s long-term eye health and vision, contact Myopia Control Center at Vision Professionals in Columbus today. We can help.
What is Myopia Management?
Myopia management is an area of eye care that uses various tools and treatments to prevent or slow your child's myopia progression. Depending upon your child's specific needs, our New Albany doctors will be able to prescribe management options that can help your child maintain better vision for longer.
We specialize in myopia treatment to slow progression of nearsightedness using any of the following methods:
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Myopia increases the risk of serious eye diseases
How Do I Know If My Child Needs Myopia Management?
If you are concerned about your child’s myopia, call our New Albany practice today. Our team of eye care professionals will help you understand more about your child's nearsightedness and will determine whether your child is a candidate for myopia management.
Take our myopia assessment online to find out whether your child could benefit from this life-changing treatment.
FAQ | Understanding Myopia Management
When does myopia (nearsightedness) usually begin?
Myopia tends to begin in school-aged children, and usually continues to progress until a person reaches roughly the age of 20. The longer it progresses, and the worse it gets, the higher your child’s risk of potentially sight-threatening eye conditions later in life.
Is there an ideal age for myopia management?
It is recommended to start myopia management as soon as possible, with best results found in children who started before the age of 9. However, myopia control can help children and teens of all ages.
How can my eye doctor help manage nearsightedness?
There are four widely-accepted myopia management methods eye doctors use:
- Medication, such as atropine drops, that slows or stops progression
- Specialty orthokeratology lenses
- Bifocal/multifocal contact lenses
- Distance center multifocal contact lenses
For more information on these methods, contact your New Albany eye doctor.