Near-sightedness is a condition that causes a person to be blurry when looking at objects that are far away. This is due to myopia, which is a condition caused by lengthening or growing of the eyeball. Eyes lengthen or grow to fix the blur that occurs on the peripheral or outer area of the retina, and traditional glasses and contacts only fix the focus in the center area of the retina.
Thus, traditional methods of correcting near-sightedness do not control the growth of the eye leading to myopia degeneration, or high myopia. High myopia is dangerous to eye health because excessive myopia can lead to many other eye diseases, including retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Myopia control works best for patients between 7 and 12 years of age, but can be done in older patients, as well.
Lilac Family Eye Care offers three methods of helping control myopic progression:
- Soft multifocal contact lenses (these are NOT approved to be slept in)
NaturalVue 1 Day Multifocal: Daily Replacement
Proclear Multifocal +2.00 D lens: Monthly Replacement
- Corneal Reshaping Rigid Gas Permeable Lenses (Ortho-K)
Wear lenses at night like a retainer. This technique is only effective for prescriptions less than -4.50D.
- Low Dose Atropine Eye Drops
0.1% to 0.2% Atropine daily
(Note: 0.5% Atropine works best and slows myopia progression 70-90%, but causes excessive blur at near.)
Monday 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Wednesday 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Friday 9:00 A.M. – 6:00 P.M.