Types of Myopia Control
There are three widely accepted types of myopia control treatments: Lenses, a Change in Environment, and Medications. Optometrists in Dallas TX and throughout the country use different methods, and at the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia we help determine which type or types of myopia control will yield the best results for you or your child.
Custom contact and eyeglass lenses have proven to effectively control the symptoms of myopia. Ortho-K lenses, bifocal contact lenses, and glasses are all methods used by optometrists to prevent the progression of myopia. Still others prefer that their patients don’t wear such corrective lenses, that the lenses themselves lead to the progression of the patient’s vision problems. This kind of disagreement is why we at the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia tailor our services to the individual needs of each patient.
Changes to one’s environment can help to control myopia. Some studies show that increasing the amount of time spent outdoors helps to control myopia, though there is no concrete evidence to support this. Some scientists also believe that near work (reading) can cause the progression of myopia, though a direct correlation has not been discovered.
Atropine, available in eye drop or ointment form, has been found in several studies to reduce the progression of myopia. It is typically used in the eye to make the pupil bigger and to prevent the eye from being able to change focus. Normally applied once a day, atropine treatment is continued as long as myopia progression continues. It is not a cure, but it has shown to control myopia in many patients.
Schedule an Appointment for Myopia Control
If you suffer from nearsightedness, there are ways to slow its progression. Call the Institute for Control of Eye Myopia in Children at (301) 363-0060 to schedule a consultation with an optometrist near you.