Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Myopia Management


Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error in the eye where light focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it. This results in blurred distance vision, while near vision remains clear. Myopia is a prevalent eye condition that affects a significant portion of the global population, and its prevalence continues to rise, particularly in developed and developing countries.

Causes of Myopia

The primary cause of myopia is an elongation of the eyeball, which occurs when the eye grows too long in relation to the focusing power of the cornea and lens. This can be influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors, such as:

  • Genetics: Myopia often runs in families, suggesting a strong genetic component.

  • Excessive near-work activities: Prolonged periods of reading, using digital devices, or engaging in other close-up tasks can contribute to the development and progression of myopia.

  • Lack of outdoor time: Studies have shown that spending less time outdoors and more time indoors can increase the risk of myopia.

Symptoms of Myopia

The primary symptom of myopia is blurred distance vision. Individuals with myopia may experience the following:

  • Difficulty seeing clearly at a distance, such as when driving, watching a movie, or viewing a whiteboard or presentation.

  • The need to squint or strain to see distant objects clearly. · Headaches or eye strain after prolonged periods of close-up work.

  • Difficulty with night vision or glare from bright lights.

Diagnosing Myopia

Early detection of myopia is crucial for effective management and prevention of its progression. One advanced diagnostic tool used in the detection of myopia is topography, which provides a detailed map of the corneal surface. Topography can help identify subtle changes in the corneal shape that may indicate the onset or progression of myopia, allowing for timely intervention and customized treatment plans.

The Importance of Myopia Management

Untreated or progressing myopia can lead to an increased risk of sight-threatening conditions, such as retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Additionally, myopia can significantly impact a child's learning and academic performance, leading to difficulties in reading, writing, and overall classroom engagement. Proper management can help maintain clear and comfortable vision, enhancing overall quality of life.

Effective Myopia Management Methods at Pilot Point Family Eye Care

One innovative approach to myopia management is the use of MiSight 1 Day contact lenses. These specialized lenses are designed to slow the progression of myopia in children by providing clear distance vision while simultaneously applying a specific optical design to the peripheral regions of the lens, influencing the eye's growth and development. These contact lenses are designed to be convenient, offering a daily disposable option, allowing children to experience clear vision and freedom from glasses while continuing to enjoy their daily activities with ease.

Another effective myopia management method is Orthokeratology (Ortho-K), which involves the use of specialized rigid gas-permeable contact lenses worn overnight. These lenses temporarily reshape the cornea, allowing for clear vision during the day without the need for daytime corrective lenses. Ortho-K has been shown to be effective in slowing the progression of myopia in children by flattening the central cornea, which reduces the eye's refractive power and improves distance vision, influencing the peripheral corneal curvature.

At Pilot Point Family Eye Care, we offer myopia management services to help you or your child achieve clear and comfortable vision, while also addressing the long-term risks associated with myopia progression. We will closely monitor your or your child's progress and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan to ensure optimal outcomes and continued visual improvement.

​​​​​​​Schedule an appointment with Dr. Smith at Pilot Point Family Eye Care to explore personalized solutions and take control of your or your child's vision. Contact us today to get started.

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