About Myopia Control
Myopia, also known as 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 gradual elongation of the eyeball, myopia affects more than a billion people around the world, including 42% of people 12-54 in the United States.
Myopia Control describes methods used to slow the progression of myopia. At the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia, we provide references on these methods as well as a directory of doctors who specialize in myopia control and are trained to administer these treatments to children at an early age in order to proactively prevent myopia.
Generally, the symptoms of myopia (blurry vision) are permanent and cannot be cured once they have taken effect. Myopia Control researchers attempt to discover proactive means of treatment, including yearly eye exams starting at as young as five years old. The earlier the problem is identified and treatment initiated the better the long term results are likely to be.
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 different benefits to those suffering from myopia. Our experienced 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. Find an Eye Myopia doctor near you to schedule a consultation.