Management, Treatment Options, and Expectations
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a vision condition characterized by the inability to see objects at a distance. Our optometrist at Today's Vision in Frisco, TX, can help.
This myopia management blog will discuss myopia causes and prevention, vision correction options available for myopic patients, and what to expect during and after treatment.
Myopia management is a term used to describe the various treatments and interventions available to control myopia progression. The goal of myopia management is to slow or stop myopia progression in children in order to reduce the risk of developing more serious vision problems later in life.
Myopia Treatment Options
There are several myopia treatment options available for children at our optometry Frisco office, including:
- Eyeglasses or contact lenses
- Orthokeratology (ortho-k)
Eyeglasses and contact lenses: myopia control with glasses and contacts is an effective myopic treatment option. Both eyeglass wearers and contact lens users have been shown to experience a 50 percent reduction in myopia progression. Our optometrist will discuss these options as potential myopia treatments if you are at risk of worsening vision.
Orthokeratology (ortho-k): Ortho-K is another myopic treatment that involves the use of special gas permeable contact lenses worn overnight while you sleep. The goal of Ortho-K is not really to correct vision, but rather slow or stop myopia progression by temporarily altering corneal shape during sleeping hours.
What to Expect during and after Treatment
During myopia treatment, you may experience temporary vision problems, including blurred or double vision. If this occurs, your optometrist can prescribe myopic glasses that will help correct these issues until myopia control is achieved.
After myopia management has been successful in slowing myopia progression and preventing the need for stronger corrective lenses, regular eye exams should continue throughout life to monitor myopic progression and maintain optimal vision health.
The goal of myopia control treatments is not only to slow down nearsightedness development, but also to preserve existing eyesight by helping patients retain 20/20 vision into adulthood, when they are less likely to be in daily risk situations like driving automobiles due to worsening visual acuity related conditions such as cataracts and glaucoma.
How Our Optometrist Can Help
If myopia is found early, then myopia treatment can typically be managed with glasses or contact lenses. However, if myopia has progressed to a higher degree and corrective lenses alone are no longer providing satisfactory vision correction, our optometrist may decide that myopia control treatments like Ortho-K or corrective lenses will best slow down nearsightedness progression.
Make an appointment with us today. You can contact us at Today's Vision in Frisco, TX, by calling (972) 954-5488.