Myopia, often known as nearsightedness, results in trouble seeing things that are farther away. Often, myopia will become more severe as it progresses. This can lead to a higher risk of other eye problems developing.
Myopia is one of the most common refractive errors around the world. It is so prevalent, research has shown that it is currently affecting 40% of Americans and is on the rise. Studies have shown that people who spend more time on up-close activities and less time outdoors may be more likely to develop this condition. With everyone focused on digital devices, it’s no wonder that myopia is one of the most common issues we treat at Bella Eye Care Optometry.
Myopia is ever-changing, it can easily progress into a much stronger condition or it can be coerced into submission. One of the ways we do this is through the use of orthokeratology, or ortho-k contact lenses. This treatment is available for both kids and adults. These specially designed and fitted hard contact lenses are worn at night to reshape the front surface of the eye while you sleep.
Atropine Eye Drops
Multiple clinical studies across the world have shown that a very low concentration of atropine applied once per day slows myopia progression. The medication causes the pupil to dilate slightly and has a small impact on the overall accommodative functioning. Therefore, for a small percentage of people, there is some mild glare with bright lights however for most it does not affect daily activities.
Multifocal Contact Lenses
These unique contact lenses can be used to help with the correction of presbyopia and myopia. The dual-focus design has been tested in several research studies, and results have shown a slowing of the progression of myopia. We are proud to offer Brilliant futures MiSight Soft MF and NaturalVue MF contact lenses.
Are you looking for solutions to slow the progression of Myopia? Contact our experienced team at Bella Eye Care Optometry to learn more about treatments for Myopia. We will schedule an appointment for you to discuss your individual concerns and to identify the best treatment for your needs.