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Three Different Types Of Myopia Control Explained

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common vision issue distant objects become blurry. It is a phenomenon that occurs when the shape of the eye results in light rays refracting incorrectly, thereby focusing images in front of the retina rather than on the retina. It is a common eye condition that can affect both adults and children, with it affecting more than over 40% of American adults according to the American Optometric Association.

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Conditions like myopia have been on the rise in general, especially in children. This may possibly be due to the increased time spent indoors on virtual learning or work from home with more time spent on screens because of COVID quarantine policies. All in all, there are many drawbacks to suffering from myopia, and here are some different types of myopia control explained.


Scientific studies have shown that there are specific types of contact and eyeglass lenses that have been shown to effectively manage the progression of myopia. Some examples listed are Ortho-K lenses, distance-center bifocal contact lenses as well as bifocal eyeglasses, all proven methods for preventing or slowing down the progression of myopia. The specialist that you go to will help to determine which methods are the optimal fit for your kid. There are currently no FDA-approved method of eyegalasses for myopia.


Orthokeratology is a proven method where medical devices are applied to your eye when you are asleep. It helps to provide a “lens like” effect for the user which lasts all day, providing vision for those not wearing glasses or contact lenses. This can often free individuals from needing glasses or contact lenses and enables them to participate in sports activities like swimming without having to worry about vision problems. It is a proven effective method that has been shown to either halt or reduce the progression of myopia.

Prescription Eye Drops

After a comprehensive assessment of your child, our doctors may recommend a prescription eye drop to treat myopia. This drop can be formulated at different concentrations that our doctors determine may best work for your child. As everyone’s eyes are different, our doctors would recommend your child a specific time to apply our Prescription Eye Drops.

Our consultations are personalized for each child and use state-of-the-art equipment to come up with a tailored treatment plan. While there will always be risks involved with any medical treatment, our doctors ensure these risks are minimized by having follow-up sessions and monitoring your child’s treatment progress.

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