Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common vision condition where one has difficulty seeing things far away. With the increase in usage of digital devices in our youth, myopia has become so common that it is reaching epidemic proportions in certain parts of the world. The National Eye Institute states that 39 million Americans will be affected by myopia by 2020.
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long for its optical power and results from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Higher levels of myopia are associated with vision-threatening complications such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachment later in life. Drs. Wang and Lee are highly trained and skilled in fitting specialty contact lenses for myopia control and will provide a customized approach to determining the best option for your child depending on his or her lifestyle. Our practice prescribes orthokeratology or soft multifocal contact lenses as our main treatment options.
If you have noticed your child squinting or moving closer to objects in order to see, he or she may be a great candidate for myopia control.
Ortho-k contact lenses are custom-designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses that are FDA-approved to be worn to sleep and removed upon awakening. These lenses gently reshape the front of the eye overnight in order to provide clear vision during the day. Ortho-k lenses have been proven to slow down the progression of nearsightedness.
Ortho-k lenses not only provide an excellent option for myopia control, but also for patients who are not candidates for refractive surgery or for those who want to be free from glasses during the day.