In a recent study, it was predicted that myopia will affect the vision of almost half of the world’s population by 2050. The condition typically starts during childhood when the eyeball elongates, resulting in difficulty viewing far objects. ——————————————– CONTINUE READING ——————————————–But there are ways to slow the progression of this eye disorder. Multifocal Eyeglasses & Contact LensesMultifocal eyeglasses and contacts help wearers see clearly at all distances. Studies show that they also help in slowing down myopia progression in children. However, multifocal contact lenses can only slow myopia progression in some children. In a recent year study, researchers found that children who wore multifocal lenses daily had a 50% reduction in their myopia progression. Atropine Eye DropsAtropine eye drops offer short-term but effective results. Tropical atropine dilates the pupil, temporarily paralyzes accommodation and relaxes the focusing mechanism of the eyes. The effect of this medication can last for at least a week. Today, atropine is typically used to reduce eye pain from certain types of uveitis. Whether it’s for myopia control or cataract treatment, make sure to consult an eye specialist before using any medication on your eyes.Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)Also called corneal reshaping lenses, ortho-k lenses are gas permeable contacts worn only while you’re sleeping. These lenses provide a temporary correction, giving you clear vision during the day. A Chinese study found that these lenses reduced the elongation of the eyeball by 43%. MiSight® Contact LensThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved the first contact lens that slow the progression of myopia in children between the ages of 8 and 12. Unlike ortho-k lenses, MiSight® contact lenses are disposable and aren’t meant to be worn overnight. For your eye care needs, turn to Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry. We offer comprehensive eye exams, contact lenses, eyeglasses, sports vision training and more. Call us at (703) 573-1200, or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services. We assist patients in Falls Church, VA.
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