If your or your child’s optometrist has suggested pursuing treatments for myopia control, you may have several questions about myopia, myopia control, and even nearsightedness.
At Eye and Contact Lens Center in Kirkland, WA, we have addressed myopia control, nearsightedness, and related issues with plenty of our patients. We are trained to handle specialized interventions for various situations, such as myopic control. Call our office to learn more, and we will provide more specific information about how we can help you or your loved one improve their vision. We have more general information on this topic in the article below.
What Is Myopia?
In eye care and optometry, myopia is an optometrist's fancy word to describe nearsightedness. Essentially, when you can see things in detail close up, but not further away. Nearsightedness is an eye condition that impacts where light focuses in the retina. It makes it so that the eye views far-away objects as blurry or unclear. Myopia can make work, play, and seeing difficult in mild cases. In more severe cases, it can cause illnesses that threaten one’s vision, so it is essential to get it under control.
What Treatments Are Available for Myopia?
Generally speaking, eye care professionals usually recommend four main types of treatments for patients with myopia. First, doctors helping a patient with myopia might use prescribed myopia control methods, such as myopia control glasses, “Ortho-K” or orthokeratology, atropine eye drops, and contact lenses specifically designed for myopia control.
Orthokeratology, also known as “Ortho-K,” is a special treatment that involves a medical device that molds the cornea temporarily overnight to relieve myopia symptoms throughout the day. It is gentle, and many users find it effective for controlling myopia.
Atropine eye drops are another popular myopia control method. This prescribed treatment also comes in ointment form. While it isn't curative, it enhances other therapies.
Myopia control lenses and glasses are some of the most popular treatment options because they provide long-term relief and are proven to manage myopia enough to prevent further damage in many cases.
Schedule an Appointment with Us
Bifocal or multifocal glasses can significantly reduce myopia symptoms when children are not old enough or tolerate eye drops. As a result, these lower the patient's risk of developing vision-threatening illnesses. For myopia control and other eye care needs, call our office today at (425) 822-8204.