Our job at The Myopia Institute is to educate patients about the various scientifically proven ways for them to manage their nearsightedness. There are four main treatments currently being used by doctors to control myopia with varying success, including: orthokeratology, atropine eye drops, multifocal eyeglasses and distance-center multifocal contact lenses. Read on as your vision therapy specialist explains more:
Orthokeratology involves wearing specially designed contact lenses every night to gently reshape your cornea. This reshaping process is painless and will allow you to experience clear vision during the day once you remove your lenses. You’ll have to wear the lenses every night to continue enjoying its benefits.
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine eye drops are used in conjunction with reading glasses to reduce myopia progression. The atropine causes the pupil to dilate widely and it temporarily paralyzes the focusing muscle in the eye. Disabling the focusing muscle can reduce focusing fatigue. You’ll need to consult a vision correction specialist to see if this is right for you or your children.
Multi-Focal Eyeglasses and Contact Lenses
Multifocal eyeglasses can be used in some specific types of eyes with “Esophoria” and they can help slow down the progression of myopia. Distance-center multifocal lens can work the same way. It has been suggested that the accommodative response, which is the action of the eyes changing focus, might play a role in progressive myopia. Reducing this response through the use of multifocal and bifocal contact lenses as well as eyeglasses should reduce the rate of progression of myopia.
In addition to providing accurate information, we also provide a directory to help patients find trustworthy optometrists for an eye exam or eyeglasses prescription. The doctors in our directory are experienced in myopia control and they can help you. Call us at (301) 363-0060 to learn more about myopia. We serve patients in Chicago, IL; Washington DC; and other areas.