Diagnosis and Management of Vision Changes
In our practice we deal with parents concerned about their child’s vision changes and blurry eyesight every day. It comes as quite a relief to learn there are effective methods of myopia control, and technologies like laser vision correction that can ultimately reverse the vision changes we can’t control in the clinic. If viewed from this perspective parents may take solace in knowing that even though their child will deal with a period in his/her life where they are dependent on refractive correction, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Their child is likely to have the opportunity to experience life without contacts and glasses again. Orthokeratology (orthok) may provide a temporary respite now from the changes that occur as myopia progresses.
Many studies have been performed which demonstrate statistically which methods have the best chance of stabilizing changing vision due to progressive myopia. Overall, Orthokeratology (orthok) has been shown to have the greatest effect. Orthokeratology is one of a class of therapies known as vision shaping treatments. OrthoK involves wearing orthokeratology lenses (ortho k lenses) during sleep, which gently reshape the surface of the cornea of the eye. Upon removal in the morning, clear vision is achieved which often lasts the entire day into the evening.
Options such as OrthoK, cornea refractive therapy including paragon crt (vision shaping treatment) are particularly helpful when seeking to improve eyesight in children, and reduce change in vision , specifically myopia in children and may, in some cases reduce the risk of children with myopia advancing to high myopia.
If you are interested in managing your vision or the vision of a loved one with nearsightedness and concerned about vision changes, contact an eye doctor from our directory near you or read through our website to learn about other options for improving your eyesight.