Myopia Control and Orthokeratology
Does your child’s prescription seem to get stronger every time they visit the optometrist or ophthalmologist? Is there a strong family history of near-sightedness and you want to do something about it? You can!
Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness and oftentimes gets worse as a child grows. Myopia control is the use of specific treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children. The 2 primary ways to slow down myopia are orthokeratology (ortho-k) and multifocal contact lenses.
Orthokeratology is a non-invasive, non-surgical option that allows you to see during waking hours without contacts or glasses. With ortho-k, you sleep in a custom designed and oxygen-permeable contact lens that reshapes the surface of the eye overnight as you dream away. In the morning, the lens is removed and vision is 20/20 without a lens in front of the eye!
A secondary benefit of orthokeratology contact lenses is that these lenses slow down the rate of myopic progression. The treatment is safe for all ages and can also be used in adults. Candidates for Ortho-K include those with mild to moderate near-sightedness, swimmers and other athletes, children with rapidly changing prescriptions, and dry-eye or allergy sufferers who are unable to wear traditional contact lenses.
Multifocal contact lenses were originally invented for those of us over age 40 who have difficulty reading with our distance contact lenses. It was later found that multifocal contact lenses were an effective form of myopia control. In this scenario, your child can wear a customized multifocal contact lens that lets them see far away and up close. Multifocal contact lenses can be worn by kids of all ages and are a great option for parents who want to decrease the rate of their child’s myopic progression.