Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a highly prevalent vision problem. It causes blurry vision, particularly when looking at distant objects. In children, myopia tends to progress rapidly, leading to poor vision in adulthood. Fortunately, there are ways to slow down or even halt this progression.
For children, managing myopia is crucial before considering LASIK surgery as an adult. Vision correction methods prescribed by optometrists are necessary during this stage. To schedule an eye exam, please contact Apple Valley Eye Center in Yakima and make an appointment.
Medicated eye drops can be used to slow or stop the progression of myopia. These prescription drops are applied to the child's eyes every night. When used as prescribed, atropine drops can significantly impact the severity of myopia in the long run. The optometrist may adjust the dosage if the current method proves ineffective. Finding the right prescription dosage may take time, and initially, it may be challenging to administer the drops to children. However, with regular use, it can become a part of their nightly routine.
Ortho-K Contact Lenses
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) is another method to control myopia progression. It involves using specialized contact lenses to manage myopia in children. The optometrist will determine if your child is a suitable candidate for this type of myopia control. With Ortho-K, the child wears these lenses during sleep and removes them upon waking up.
This method has proven effective in many patients to prevent significant worsening of myopia. Additionally, it eliminates the need for glasses or regular contacts during the day. It may take some time for children to adapt to Ortho-K lenses, and it may not be suitable for every child. However, it can be highly effective for those who can use them.
Visit Our Optometrists at Apple Valley Eye Center
If you want to manage your child's myopia effectively, considering Ortho-K lenses or atropine drops may be the next step. These methods can help prevent the condition from worsening and provide clearer vision for children with nearsightedness or blurry vision. If you're interested in these options or wish to discuss LASIK surgery, it's time to visit Apple Valley Eye Center. Call our Yakima office at (509) 966-8801 to schedule your eye care appointment or to learn more about myopia.