About Myopia Control
Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is the eye condition in which objects nearby or a short distance away are clear but objects that are far away are blurred. Caused by the eyeball being slightly too long, myopia affects more than a billion people around the world, including 42% of people 12-54 in the United States.
Myopia Control is a series of methods designed to slow the progression of myopia. At the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia, we are researching such controls as well as treatments that can be administered to children at an early age to proactively prevent myopia.
Generally, the symptoms of myopia are permanent and cannot be cured once they have taken effect. To this end, Myopia Control research is designed to discover proactive means of treatment, including yearly eye exams starting at as young as five years old.
There are four main treatments currently being used to control myopia with varying success. They are:
- Atropine eye drops- medicine designed to dilate the pupil and relax the focus center
- Multifocal contact lenses- special lenses that have different powers in different zones of the lens to correct vision problems
- Orthokeratology (“ortho-k”)- specially designed contact lenses that are worn at night to prevent symptoms of myopia during the day
- Multifocal eyeglasses
Each method offers benefits to those suffering from myopia, so when you turn to the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia, our doctors will determine the best treatment for you or your child based on individual needs.
As scientists continue to research new treatments, it is up to optometrists to continue to treat myopic patients, helping them to manage their eyesight. At the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia, we recognize the rapid growth of myopia as a danger, and continue to do what we can to help children and adults suffering from the symptoms to treat and control their myopia.
Schedule an Appointment Regarding Myopia Control Near You
If you suffer from nearsightedness, there are ways to slow its progression. Call the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia at (301) 363-0060 to schedule a consultation with an optometrist near you.