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Myopia Management Clinic
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a serious and widely prevalent eye condition. In the United States, roughly 40 percent of the population is myopic. Globally, the condition affects over a billion people. That number is expected to increase to nearly 5 billion by 2050, due to factors including age, decreased time outdoors, and more time spent looking at screens.
A patient with myopia will be able to see objects nearby clearly but will have trouble discerning objects that are further away. Challenges of this condition include learning difficulties for younger patients and higher risk for retinal detachments (and other blinding retinal complications) in older patients. Early treatment of the condition can slow down its progression and help prevent the most serious consequences.
Introducing the Miami Contact Lens Institute Myopia Management Clinic
At Miami Contact Lens Institute, we are proud to offer a new myopia management clinic designed to help patients get the treatments they need for this common but serious condition. Our clinic is geared toward patients who:
- Develop problems with nearsightedness as children
- Suffer progressive myopia each year
- Have very severe myopia
- Have family history of high myopia
If you aren’t sure whether you fall into one of these categories, consult with our Miami eye doctors to find out.
What Does the Myopia Management Clinic Do?
“Myopia Management” is the umbrella term used to describe the methods we use to slow the progression of myopia or even reverse its effects. At the Miami Contact Lens Institute’s new myopia management clinic, we will be offering several distinct myopia treatments, including the following:
- Orthokeratology Contact Lenses: Orthokeratology contacts (also known as ortho-k lenses) are specially designed to suit the patient. Using a corneal topographer, we map the surface of the patient’s eyes. We then use this information to design custom lenses. Patients wear these lenses while sleeping and the lenses gently and gradually reshape the eye’s surface. In the morning, patients can remove the lenses and enjoy clear vision throughout the day without wearing glasses or contacts. More information about orthokeratology contact lenses.
- Distance Center Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses: These lenses are designed to be worn just like regular soft contact lenses. However, they have different “zones” throughout the lens that essentially trick the eye to slow myopia.
- Atropine Treatments: Atropine is a medicinal treatment available as eyedrops or ointment that dilates the pupils and helps relax the focus center of the eyes. This treatment is not a cure, and it must be used alongside bifocals or reading glasses for most patients, but it can effectively slow the progression of myopia.
All of the above treatments have been proven to slow down the progression of myopia. If you suffer from nearsightedness, Miami Contact Lens Institute can help. To explore treatment options through our myopia management clinic, contact our office today.