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For most people, myopia (nearsightedness) develops in childhood. Unfortunately, there is often a period of rapid progression in the several years after it is first diagnosed until the prescription stabilizes sometime during the teens to 20s, and high levels of myopia are now known to increase the risk of sight threatening conditions later in life. Dr. Newman, our eye doctor in Dallas, TX here at Plaza Vision Center, uses several methods to slow the progression of childhood myopia, a process called myopia control.
Myopia is the proper name for nearsightedness. Typically, it develops because the eye elongates abnormally from front to back as a child is growing. This means that light coming into the eye focuses in front of the retina, rather than properly on its surface. This results in blurred distance vision.
Children with myopia may not complain about their condition and their schoolwork may not suffer because they can usually read and write comfortably close up. For this reason and others, it is important to take your child to the optometrist on a regular basis. Myopia control only works to slow the progression of the condition, so the earlier this type of eye care is started, the better.
There are several different methods of reducing the progression of myopia in children, with different levels of scientific support. The four types of myopia control that are currently accepted as likely having some value include three types of lenses and one medication.
If your child has been diagnosed with myopia, there are ways to slow the progression of the condition. Our optometrist is happy to speak with you about options for myopia control, including RGP lenses, soft contact lenses, and more. To make an appointment for any of your eye care needs, contact our eye doctor at Plaza Vision Center in Dallas, TX at (214) 969-0467 today!