When children have myopia, also known as nearsightedness, the condition will tend to become worse as they get older. The younger a child is, the faster it can get worse. Therefore, a pediatric eye doctor has ways to engage in myopia control to keep it from progressing as quickly. For children under 10, their myopia may continue to worsen even when myopia control is used. Though it won't stop the condition from progression, it will slow it down significantly. If your child has a diagnosis of myopia, it can be a good idea for them to see an optometrist about the condition and to get an eye exam and screening. Call our optometry office at Today’s Vision if you are in the Aubrey, TX, Celina, TX, Crossroads, TX, Little Elm, TX, Prosper, TX, Frisco, TX, areas to make your appointment.
Many people wouldn't consider letting their children wear contact lenses, but these are specialty lenses especially for pediatric myopia control. For kids with nearsightedness, these contacts are worn only at night during sleep, and they are removed every morning. As they are worn during sleep, they gently change the shape of the eyes so that their myopia is treated. This is a great way to control myopia because it means that the patient doesn't have to wear glasses or contacts during the day. Ortho-K can also help to slow the progression of myopia in kids. Our pediatric optometrist can show your child the proper procedures for handling them and teach them how to take them out and put them in. Ortho-K contact lenses should be worn every night to get the best benefits from them.
If our eye doctor on our optometry team prescribes atropine to your child, this is an eye drop that can slow myopia progression. It should be administered as our eye doctor instructs so that it will be as effective as possible. It may take a few rounds of using this myopia control method to figure out the right atropine dosage for your child. With the quick growth of children, the dosage may need to be higher as time goes on. The drops need to be administered regularly in order to slow myopia's progression. It often takes kids a little time to get used to them, but they can be highly effective.
Visit Our Pediatric Eye Doctor to Get Myopia Control for Your Children
If your child needs an eye exam and possible myopia treatment, call our optometry office at (972) 954-5488 for Today’s Vision to schedule an exam and screening for myopia. You can also get a diagnosis if one is needed so that treatment can begin. If you are in the Aubrey, TX, Celina, TX, Crossroads, TX, Little Elm, TX, Prosper, TX, Frisco, TX, areas, give us a call to schedule your appointment.