Myopia is a very common visual condition wherein children need glasses to see objects in the distance. It is also known as nearsightedness. 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. 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 unabated, 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.
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.
A hard contact lens is inserted at night time just before bed and removed immediately upon awakening. This gently reshapes the surface of the eye, taking the child’s prescription to zero. This allows the child to go to school without the need for glasses or contact lenses. Ortho-K slows down the rate of myopia progression by about 50-60%.
MiSight by CooperVision is a new soft disposable contact lens worn throughout the day (no overnight wear). This contact lens has a customized optical profile to alter the focus of light coming from our periphery (side vision). It also slows down the rate of myopia progression by about 59%. It received Health Canada approval in November 2017 and FDA approval in April 2020.
Specially designed optical lenses are also available that alter the focus of light from the periphery. New developments in this area now allow for prescription control similar to contact lenses or eye drops which is in the range of 50 – 60%.
Atropine has been used in eye care for over 100 years to help eye doctors view inside the eye and treat certain eye conditions. To control myopia, researchers have discovered that Atropine can slow down prescription change by about 50%. Drops are taken once per day at night before bed.
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.
A famous quote from Brien Holden, one of the preeminent researchers in myopia control seems to sum up the current thinking in this field. “We don’t know everything about myopia but we know enough that we should be doing something about it”
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.
Abbey Eye Care looks forward to serving you and your family. Our office is located on the Southeast corner of Dundas and Third Line.
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