The Myopia Institute educates patients about scientifically proven and effective methods of myopia control and helps them find a local optometrist for their vision problems. Currently, there are four widely accepted treatment types for myopia: multifocal eyeglasses, distance-center multifocal contact lenses, orthokeratology and atropine eye drops. Learn more about them here:
Multifocal or Bifocal Eyeglasses – Studies have shown that wearing a different prescription for distance and near viewing is helpful for children with esophoria. This condition involves an inward deviation of the eye because of extraocular muscle imbalance. This method has proven to be a viable alternative to contacts or eye drops.
Distance Center Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses – These contact lenses are similar to typical soft contact lenses; however, they have an optical “trick” in the center of the lens that can slow down the progression of myopia. This method is becoming more popular, but there are only two brands of lenses available at this point. The Myopia Institute recommends consulting your eye doctor to find out which brand is best for your needs.
Orthokeratology – Orthokeratology or corneal reshaping therapy is a method requiring patients to wear specially designed lenses before they sleep. These lenses gently reshape their cornea, correcting the patient’s vision. This effect lasts all day, but is temporary, so the patient needs to wear their Ortho-K lenses each night before they go to sleep.
Atropine Eye Drops – Several studies have found atropine eye drops to be effective in reducing the progression of myopia. Patients apply the eye drops once a day. Atropine eye drops can also be used together with bifocal eyeglasses to further enhance the myopia control effect.
The Myopia Institute can answer your questions about these myopia control treatment methods and help you find the eye doctor that’s right for you. The doctors in our directory specialize in helping patients with their nearsightedness. Call us at (301) 363-0060 to learn more about myopia. We serve Rockville, MD, and other areas.