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).
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.
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 –5.0 D or worse.1) Thus, the rising prevalence of myopia—which affects about 35% of the U.S. population aged 40-492—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.
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.4
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.
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
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