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Welcome to our Myopia Control treatment program. You or your child are beginning a program designed to reduce and/or eliminate the progression of myopia. There are several strategies we can employ to slow the progression of myopia. A customized treatment plan for your specific situation will be discussed. The goal of treatment is to slow or even stop myopia from progressing.

This document is designed to educate you regarding your options, benefits, and any potential risks. It is important to understand that it is impossible to perform any treatment without the patient accepting a certain degree of responsibility and risk. Myopia control strategies are elective. Alternatives are eyeglasses, conventional contact lenses or refractive surgery (adults only).

Frustrated with nearsightedness?

Candidates For Myopia Control

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Start managing your child’s myopia today

Kids lead active, jam-packed lives. But whether they’re playing pretend, riding bikes with their friends, or learning new things at school, myopia (nearsightedness) can make it harder for them to engage in the activities they love. And as they grow, their prescription may get stronger too.

  1. The First and Only. MiSight® 1 day is the first and only FDA-approved* soft contact lens to slow the progression of myopia in children aged 8 -12 at the initiation of treatment.
  2. Clinically Proven and Safe. Over a 3-year period, slowed myopia progression 59% on average, reduced eye lengthening by 52% on average, and 41% of eyes had no progression. Over a 6-year period, children wearing MiSight 1 day progressed less than 1.00D on average.
  3. Parent-Approved. 90% of parents whose children wore MiSight® 1 day contact lenses reported that their children were happy wearing MiSight® 1 day lenses|.
  4. Child Friendly. After using MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for three years, 90% of children still strongly preferred them over their glasses
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Slow Myopic Progression in Kids

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For most people with myopia, the condition has only refractive ramifications. But those with high myopia are at risk for ocular pa­thology. (High myopia has recently been defined as –5.00 D or worse.) Thus, the rising prevalence of myopia—which af­fects about 35% of the U.S. population aged 40-49—may mean an increasing number of high myopes who are at risk for developing associated serious eye diseases, ranging from choroidal neo­vascularization to glaucoma and retinal detachment, said K. David Epley, MD, in private practice in Kirkland, Wash.

Bifocals and Eyezen glasses

Bifocal glasses create 2 zones or focal points. The upper portion of the lens is meant for far distance viewing, the lower portion is meant for near viewing and is less strong than the upper segment. Progressive lenses are similar to bifocals, but the junction is invisible and there is also an intermediate zone. Of all the strategies being studied now, bifocal glasses have been shown to be least effective for myopia control. Studies have shown up to 40% reduction in myopic progression, though the efficacy decreases after the first year to statistically insignificant levels.

Eyezen are accommodative relief lenses that are intended to serve as an everyday pair of glasses to provide comfort and protection for a generation of people who are on smartphones, tablets and computers for hours at a time on a daily basis. Eyezen glasses not only benefit those who require a prescription, but also those who currently wear contact lenses or do not wear prescription glasses at all. Eyezen glasses contain a small amount of accommodative relief (add power or magnification), to help alleviate eyestrain often caused by viewing text and small screens on devices such as tablets and smartphones. Eyezen glasses also come with a high quality AR lens coating that selectively filters the harmful blue-violet light emitted by digital devices.

Environmental / Lifestyle changes

Children today spend a large amount of time indoors. This has been shown to be a risk factor for myopia. There are several theories about this and research on the subject continues. When indoors, spaces are smaller and more “vertical” as walls surround us. The visual plane is more “horizontal” when outside, thereby creating a much wider field of focus. Additionally, the natural sunlight impacts the chemistry of the retina to decrease signals to grow longer. It is also theorized that indoor activities such as reading, using a computer or hand-held device may lead toward increases in myopia.

Cell phones, tablets, computers, televisions, and laptops have become pervasive in our society. They create near point strain which can be a trigger for increasing myopia

Frequently Asked Questions

We appreciate the confidence and trust you have placed in us for your treatment and care. Please read this information in its entirety and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the condition in which the eye focuses light at a point in front of the retina instead of directly on the retina. Therefore, a blurred or distorted visual image is produced on the retina. This occurs due to a lengthening of the eyeball referred to as axial elongation. The smaller and further away the target from the eye, the blurrier the vision. As most people have experienced, myopic vision typically gets worse with time causing a need for stronger glasses and/or contact lenses. As myopia progresses, so does the risk of developing certain eye diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, cataracts, retinal holes/tears, retinal detachments, vitreous detachments, and floaters.
Fig.1: The image of the corrected myopic eye (left image) shows how light rays which would have fallen at a point in front of the retina are pushed back to land on the center of the retina. This can be done with spectacle or contact lenses. However, peripheral light rays are also pushed backward and fall behind the retina. The eye will then elongate (right image) so that the peripheral focal points will fall on the retina. As this occurs, the central retinal focus will now move in front of the retina causing the patient to require stronger lenses. The stronger lenses will move the focus point back to the central retina, but again push the peripheral focus points behind the retina and the process will repeat itself as myopia progresses. Interestingly, the uncorrected (or under-corrected) myope also often suffers a similar elongation for reasons not yet fully understood.
Myopia control is a multifactorial approach to discourage the eye from elongating which leads to higher degrees of myopia. There are several methods or strategies which can be employed. Not all methods work for all patients. Your doctor will discuss the various options available. These options include: Orthokeratology Bifocal Contact Lenses Atropine Bifocal Spectacle Glasses Increased outdoor time. Decreased screen time.
The fees for Myopia Control depend on the modality chosen as most appropriate for you or your child. Myopia control treatments require more frequent office visits and more sophisticated testing than simple annual examinations. While insurance coverage for the “routine” components of an annual exam are allowable, fittings, follow up visits and the materials involved will be out-of-pocket expenses.