What is myopia?
Myopia, also known as “nearsightedness,” causes the eye to grow longer and have difficulty seeing distant objects clearly. The prevalence rate of myopia has doubled in the United States over the last 30 years. While glasses correction can improve vision, it does not prevent worsening of vision over time. As myopia increases, so does the risk of developing serious, potentially blinding eye conditions like glaucoma, retinal detachments, and myopic degeneration.
How can I keep my or my child’s nearsightedness from progressing?
Clinical studies support alternatives to conventional glasses to help slow the progression of myopia. At Puget Sound Eye Care, our doctors recommend the safest and most effective options, which may include:
- Prescription low-dose atropine eye drops
- Multifocal/bifocal soft contact lenses
- Orthokeratology “Ortho-K” sleep-shaping contact lenses
There are alternatives, among others, such as vision therapy and bifocal glasses. Please note that myopia control treatment is currently considered off-label and results are not guaranteed.
Who is eligible for myopia control treatment options?
- 3 years and older
- Myopia in both eyes or at least one eye predominantly myopic
- No history of strabismus or amblyopia
- No history of complications from dilation drops or contact lens use
- No history of ocular disease
How do I schedule a myopia control treatment?
If you are interested in discussing your myopia control options, please call us to schedule a Myopia Consultation. During the consultation, your doctor will discuss in detail your myopia control options and customize a treatment plan for you.