Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Generally known as near-sightedness, myopia is a common vision condition in which objects up close appear clear, but objects far away appear blurry. With higher myopia, there is an increased risk of conditions like retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Our goal with Myopia Control is to reduce these risks for all children with myopia by minimizing progression of this condition. Dr. Page uses the following three methods that have the highest rate of success among all treatment options.

1. OrthoKeratology – Dr. Page is a certified provider of the only current FDA-approved Ortho-K lenses Acuvue Abiliti for Myopia Control. These are specially designed contact lenses that are worn at bedtime and removed upon awakening. Ortho-K lenses work by slowly reshaping the cornea during sleep, to lessen the amount of myopia through the night, so that vision is clear the next day without the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses.

2. Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses – Dr. Page also utilizes the first and only FDA-approved soft contact lenses MiSight by Coopervision for Myopia Management in children. MiSight is a daily disposable contact lens that is safe and most effective on children ages 8 and older.

3. Eye Drops – If your child is not ready for Ortho-K or soft contact lenses, then atropine eye drop therapy may be the best option. Low-dose atropine eye drops, typically applied to both eyes at bedtime, have proven to slow the progression of myopia over time. These drops have no side effects for the majority of children.

Near-sighted kids who start one of these treatments will have less nearsightedness overall, and therefore, less risk of myopic ocular diseases. Dr. Page also recommends specific behavioral and lifestyle changes to assist with myopia control. Please contact us for more information.