Myopia Control

What is Myopia?

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is when light does not focus correctly in the eye, making distant images appear blurry, while close objects appear more clear.  Myopia progression is becoming more prevalent in children due to an increase in electronic use, online classes, and decreased outdoor activity.  Children who are nearsighted before the age of 7, have parents who are nearsighted, or who have had large shifts in their prescription are most at risk for progressive myopia and the potential risks associated with it.

What are the Risks?

As myopia increases, the eye grows longer, stretching the thin retinal tissue inside of the eye.  This increases the risk of a retinal detachment and macular changes that can decrease vision potential.  Advanced myopia or “high” myopia can increase the risk of glaucoma and early cataracts.

What Are the Symptoms?

  • Blurred vision
  • Squinting to see far away
  • Headaches
  • Eyestrain
  • Failed School Screening

How is it Managed?

Myopia can be managed through a variety of treatments.  At Ives Eyecare, we believe in educating patients and parents on each type of treatment, developing a plan of action, and optimizing effectiveness by monitoring  visual changes at specific intervals through the year.  The most effective approaches we utilize for Myopia Control include:

  • Bifocal Glasses
  • Multifocal Contact lenses
    • MiSight Lenses
  • Atropine eye drops