Myopia is becoming increasingly common, and children, in particular, are developing this condition earlier than in previous generations. Myopia control can help slow the progression of this common refractive error, safeguarding your child’s vision and helping keep their prescription low.
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness or short-sightedness, is a refractive error that impacts distance vision. Like other refractive errors, myopia is rooted in the eyeball’s shape. When the surface of the eyeball is too steep or the eyeball itself is too long. This means that your eye’s focal point is actually in front of your retina. Myopia becomes progressively worse over time.
Children aren’t always great at communicating when something is wrong, and may not even realize that they are having problems with their vision. It is up to parents and guardians to look for signs of myopia and other vision problems in their children.
Symptoms of myopia may include:
If your child exhibits any of the above symptoms, you should schedule an appointment for them at Style Optique as soon as possible.
Myopic eyes are continuously changing and can progress incredibly quickly unless it is controlled early on. There are a variety of myopia control treatments available, including corneal refractive therapy.
Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) is a proprietary brand of corneal reshaping lenses. Corneal refractive lenses produce comparable results to ortho-k (orthokeratology) lenses and work similarly.
Corneal refractive therapy consists of rigid gas permeable contact lenses which are worn overnight. While you sleep, the lenses gently reshape your eyeball, providing you with clear vision the next day. However, this change is only temporary, and just like ortho-k lenses, these lenses will need to be worn every night.
Wearing your CRT lenses each night can help slow the progression of myopia, preserving your vision and helping keep your prescription low.
Patients with dry eyes, large pupils, or high prescriptions may not be good candidates for corneal refractive therapy. For more information, and to determine if corneal refractive therapy is a good choice for you, please schedule an appointment with Style Optique.