Myopia Control Clinic
Myopia Control Could Save Your Child From Future Vision Problems
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a very common condition where children need glasses to see objects at a distance. This refractive error causes light to focus at a point just in front of the retina, making it difficult for the person to see distant objects clearly. Myopia has become increasingly common in children over recent years with intense near work (usually screen time) thought to be a key factor along with reduced time spent outdoors. Childhood myopia tends to get worse over time, resulting in the need for stronger and stronger glasses. Moderate to high levels of myopia can lead to substantial vision loss due to lengthening of the eye which, in turn, significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. By allowing a child’s prescription to change without intervention, we are putting their future vision at risk. Abbey Eye Care is proud to offer a myopia control clinic; a series of treatments and therapies meant to slow down the progression of myopia and help preserve your child’s future vision. Drs. Tina and Jeff Goodhew have spoken to their colleagues across North America about their experience with controlling myopia in children. They bring their expertise to their patients every day.
How to Slow Down Myopia Progression?
There are two ways researchers have discovered to slow down myopia progression. One is optically; using contact lenses and or glasses. The second option is pharmaceutical or prescription eye drop therapy.
By changing the focus of light from our periphery (side vision) we can signal to the eye not to grow as quickly all the while still maintaining normal clear straight-ahead vision. It is the eye getting longer that increases myopia.
Myopia Control Treatments
Myopia Control Clinic Services: What Sets Us Apart
The doctors and staff at Abbey Eye Care are highly trained in the latest research surrounding myopia control. We have also invested heavily in technology to help us determine which options are best for your child and to help us measure the efficacy of their treatment plan. We are one of the only optometry clinics in Ontario to have a Zeiss IOL master; a device that allows us to measure the length of your child’s eye. We also use a corneal topographer to give us detailed information on the curvature of the front surface of the eye. We closely follow your child’s progress at least every 6 months to monitor and optimize their treatment program.
We look forward to working with you to help control your child’s myopia and help protect the future of their vision. Please call us to learn more.