Pediatric Vision Specialists
Pediatric Optometrist located in Pella, IA
Rates of myopia, or nearsightedness, are on the rise, especially among school-age children. The refractive error develops because of an alteration in eye shape that may worsen as children grow. To prevent your child’s vision from worsening, pediatric optometrist Bre Scott, OD, at Pediatric Vision Specialists in Pella, Iowa, offers myopia control, which includes individualized treatment plans aimed at slowing the progression of nearsightedness in children. To schedule an evaluation, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Myopia Control Q & A
What is myopia?
Myopia is a refractive vision error that causes images that are far away to appear blurred, but clear when up close. The refractive error occurs because of an alteration in the shape of the eye that prevents light from accurately focusing on the retina.
With myopia, the eyeball is a bit longer from front to back. The change in the shape of the eye causes images to focus in front of the retina instead of directly on it, making objects far away look blurry.
What causes myopia in children?
Myopia in children is often inherited from a parent with a refractive error. Children are usually diagnosed with a vision disorder between the ages of 8 and 12. Unfortunately, the shape of your child’s eye may change as they grow, which can cause their vision to worsen.
What is myopia control?
Myopia control refers to the methods Dr. Bre uses to slow down the progression of nearsightedness in your child. In addition to your child’s vision, myopia control may help prevent vision complications later in life, such as retinal detachment and glaucoma.
Myopia control treatments include:
Atropine eye drops
Atropine eye drops are primarily prescribed to treat pain caused by eye inflammation conditions. The medication also dilates the pupil and temporarily reduces the eye’s automatic focus, which relieves focusing fatigue.
In low doses, atropine eye drops help prevent the progression of myopia in children because of how they affect the pupils and focus.
Multifocal contact lenses or eyeglasses
Multifocal contact lenses and eyeglasses are prescribed to improve vision for those with refractive errors such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, and astigmatism, as well as the vision changes that affect near-focus as you get older.
In children with myopia, multifocal contact lenses or eyeglasses may slow the progression of vision changes.
Ortho-K is a myopia control treatment that uses gas-permeable contact lenses to reshape the eye. Your child wears contact lenses while they sleep. The contact lenses temporarily alter the shape of your child’s eye so they don’t have to wear corrective eyewear during the day.
In addition to temporary vision correction, Ortho-K may also prevent the changes in your child’s eye shape that lead to a worsening of their vision.
Dr. Bre develops individualized treatment plans based on your child’s specific needs to slow the progression of their nearsightedness.
To learn more about myopia control and how it may help your child’s future vision, call Pediatric Vision Specialists or click the online booking button to schedule a consultation today.