Myopia, or nearsightedness, is when the eye cannot see far away. Glasses and contacts are tools that can be used to achieve clear vision. In general, our population is becoming more and more nearsighted; it is predicted that 50% of the population with be nearsighted by 2050. High myopia is a risk factor for other eye conditions such as retinal detachments and glaucoma later on in life. It is becoming more standard to recommend treatments in addition to glasses or contacts to help slow the progression of myopia to minimize the risks in the future.
At our office, we are utlizing MiSight contact lenses and Low Dose Atropine as treatments to slow the progression of myopia.
Low Dose Atropine -
* Atropine is a common eye drop used to dilate pupils. It has been shown when used at low concentrations that it can slow the progression of myopia.
* These drops are formulated at specialty compounding pharmacies and are used in both eyes nightly before bedtime longterm until the child has passed puberty.
MiSight Contact lenses -
* MiSight contact lenses are FDA aproved for myopia control in children. It has been shown myopia progression slows when lenses are worn for a minimum of 10 hours a day 6 days a week.
* These contact lenses are daily disposable lenses that are safe to use in kids.
* Our staff teaches the child one on one how to insert and remove contact lenses.
* If your child has astigmatism or these lenses are not the best match, other contact lenses can be considered, but they are not FDA approved.
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