Myopia is a common eye condition that causes the vision to be better up close and to be blurry when looking at something far away. It is also called nearsightedness, and it can be present in people of all ages. When children have nearsightedness, it generally gets worse as they age. It can progress rapidly and lead to much worse vision when the child is an adult. That's why so many parents seek out myopia control for their children. When you are interested in myopia control for your child, call us at our Clarksville, TN, optometry center, Sites Vision Clinic, to make an appointment for an eye exam and treatment.
Medicated Eye Drops
Myopia control seeks to slow down the progression of this eye condition so that it gets worse less rapidly. This generally leads to a better outcome with less of a degree of vision problems for the child when they become adults than they would have without this treatment. Eye drops called atropine drops are a low dose of the same eye medication used when you get your eyes dilated at an eye exam. This medication usually must be applied to the eyes every day for the best results. An optometrist on our team will tell you when to apply it and how often. Usually, it is administered once a day when it's time for your child to go to bed. These have been proven to be effective for many patients to slow or temporarily stop the rate at which myopia gets worse.
Specialty Contact Lenses
A type of contact lenses for myopia control, is often used for children to help them with the same kind of slow down of progression that many kids get from atropine drops. These contacts are worn every night as the child is sleeping and are not worn during the day at all. The contacts are taken out in the morning, and the child typically doesn't need vision correction during the day while using these contacts at night. They put a slight pressure on the eyeballs so that the shape of the eyes is subtly changed. Because the shape the eyes is what causes myopia, this can help with the progression of this vision condition. It may require a learning curve up front to be able to insert and remove the contacts, but it is an effective method of myopia control for many patients.
Get Help with Nearsightedness
To help your child not to have a much worse case of myopia as an adult, using these control methods can be helpful. To get an appointment for your child's optometry needs, call our Clarksville, TN, office at (931) 647-5237 for Sites Vision Clinic.