Myopia is a very common issue throughout the world. Approximately 1/3 of the population in the United States have the condition and over 90% of several East Asian countries suffer from myopia. While myopia may seem like such a common condition that it shouldn’t be cause for concern, it is actually associated with several very serious conditions that can threaten one’s ability to see.
What is Myopia
Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, is a condition where individuals are able to see objects that are close to them but may have difficulty distinguishing things at a distance, such as road signs or leaves on a tree. These individuals often squint at objects that are further away to try and help bring them into focus.
Currently, there is no known cure for myopia and recent studies suggest that the more advanced your myopia gets, the more serious the effects can be on your vision. This has led eye professionals to look for ways to slow the progression of myopia in children and young adults as the eyes typically change more rapidly during this time and slowing down myopia progression during these years has a huge payoff.
How We Treat Myopia at Jewel City Optometry
Myopia management has come a long way. There are a few different ways myopia may be controlled in children. All methods are safe and effective.
One method is Orthokeratology, where a hard contact lens is placed on the child's eyes overnight.
Another method is drug therapy with the use of diluted Atropine is placed in the child's eyes at bedtime.
My preferred method is to use MiSight 1 Day contact lenses. I love the fact they are FDA-approved and they are disposable daily lenses decreasing the risk of any infection. They are easy to adapt to and work well in slowing down the nearsightedness of the child.
Sometimes there will be the need to combine therapies.
Dr. Yepremian knows your vision is important to you which is why she is dedicated in providing you with the best care possible. We hope you agree! Call us today - at 818.240.3937
Click on this link if you would like to learn more about myopia management: Mykidsvision.org