When children are diagnosed with myopia, or nearsightedness, myopia control can help slow the progression of the condition. This is one of many services available from Janelle Davison, OD, and her team at Brilliant Eyes Vision Center in Smyrna, Georgia. If you’d like more information about myopia control or need to schedule a comprehensive pediatric eye exam, call the office to check appointment availability, or try the easy online booking tool.
Myopia control is a treatment approach that seeks to slow the progression of myopia. Also known as nearsightedness, myopia is a type of refractive error that occurs when your eye cannot properly bend light, making it hard to see images clearly.
Myopia is common, affecting around 50% of all Americans. It is not an eye disease, but an eye focusing disorder. There is a strong genetic component to myopia, so parents who live with the condition are likely to pass it along to their children.
Kids with myopia might experience the following symptoms:
Myopia control can also support their eye health later in life.
There are several tools to help control myopia in children. Dr. Davison creates a customized treatment plan for your child, and she can explain their treatments in detail.
These glasses have special lenses that are shaped to correct vision. Studies show that wearing these types of glasses can slow myopia progression.
These special contacts offer different areas of focus, which help correct blurry vision. They also blur a child’s peripheral vision, which is believed to limit myopia and slow abnormal eye growth. Dr. Davison uses MiSightⓇ contacts for myopia control, which reduces refractive errors and reduces axial length.
Researchers believe that more and more people are developing myopia, including children.
The reasons for this increase are likely linked to lifestyle changes. With adults and children using laptops, tablets, and phones throughout the day as well as more time in school and at work, myopia is more common than in decades past.
Dr. Davison is proud to be one of only about 1,000 eye specialists in the nation to be certified as a Brilliant Futures™ Myopia Management provider through CooperVisionⓇ. When you’re ready to learn more about myopia control, call to book a visit or use the easy online scheduling tool.