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Controlling Nearsightedness in Children

What Is Myopia?

Nearsightedness, or myopia, as it is medically termed, is a visual condition in which near objects are seen clearly, but distant objects do not come into proper focus.

Currently Myopia affects nearly 30% of the Canadian population. Myopia is a global concern, it is estimated that by 2050 50% of the population will be myopic/near sighted.

Myopia happens when the eyeball grows longer than average. When your eyeball is too long or the cornea has too much curvature, light entering the eye is not focused properly on the retina – the sensory layer – inside the eye. Myopia may be hereditary or it may occur spontaneously.

Myopia Management

Myopia management attempts to slow down, gain control of myopia progression, and reduce the risk for vision threatening conditions such as Cataracts and Glaucoma.

Myopia treatment can last a few years. After treatment has stopped, regular monitoring is essential to ensure stability.

 

Treatment Options to Reduce Myopia Progression

Lens Options

Essilor Stellest Lenses – These lenses slow down myopia progression by up to 67% on average, when worn 12 hours a day. The more often your child wears their Stellest lenses, the greater effect they will have in slowing down myopia.

Within the first three months of purchase we offer a one-time patient satisfaction if you are not satisfied with your lenses. We also offer one-time free lenses between six – twelve months for prescription changes.

MiyoSmart Lenses – These lenses can reduce progression by up to 59% on average. The lens is a very effective method to manage myopia and can be fitted to a child at any age like regular single vision lenses.

Contact Options

MiSight 1 day Contact Lenses – This daily contact lens can reduce progression by up to 59%. This lens is currently the only contact lens approved for myopia management. Daily lenses have less risk of infection, you do not need solution and it is more convenient.

Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses – This monthly contact lens can reduce progression by up to 40%

 

See us for a Consultation

If you are concerned about your child becoming more nearsighted year-to-year, call us to schedule a comprehensive eye exam and consultation. We can evaluate the progression of their myopia and discuss the best treatment options with you.

 

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