Helping Eyes Grow Properly
From the time we’re born until around age 20, our eyes grow and develop. But if that growth is irregular, it can cause vision problems. More than 30 million people throughout the United States have myopia, a refractive error typically caused by eyes that grow to be abnormally long.
Myopia makes it harder to see objects that are far away. Most myopia appears before age 14, but it can also develop in adults—and in either case, leaving it uncorrected can lead to more serious issues. Uncontrolled myopia can develop into a condition called high myopia, which can increase the risk of certain eye diseases.
Our eye doctors can provide effective myopia control solutions for children and may also be able to correct myopia in adults. Contact our practice today and find out how.
Common Causes of Myopia
Myopia normally occurs for one of the following reasons:
- The eye has grown too long
- The cornea has curved too steeply
Either of these issues can make incoming light focus improperly. As a result, your vision becomes blurry when you try to focus on distant objects.Myopia control is particularly important for children who can experience challenges in school due to vision problems. In some cases, children with uncorrected myopia have also been misdiagnosed with ADHD. For this reason, all of our children’s eye exams include myopia testing.
Typical Myopia Symptoms
Signs that a person is struggling with myopia may include:
- Sitting unusually close to TVs, laptops, and other digital devices
- Frequent squinting
- Frequent headaches from eye strain
- Struggling to drive at night because of glare (in adults only)
Approaches to Dealing with Myopia
Whenever one of our patients has myopia, we measure its severity and suggest a custom plan for them. Depending on the age of the patient and numerous other factors, we may recommend any of the following strategies:
- Specialty contact lenses rely on a principle called myopic defocus to slow eye growth and can be useful for controlling myopia in children.
- Orthokeratology lenses are usually worn at night to gradually change the eye’s shape during sleep and removed during the day—like a dental retainer, but for your eyes!
- Laser eye surgeries like LASIK and PRK can correct myopia permanently. However, children cannot be approved for laser eye surgery since their eyes are still growing, and their vision has not yet stabilized.
Come See What We’re All About
Hours of Operation
- Monday: Closed
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed