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Myopia Management Clinic
Known more commonly as nearsightedness, myopia is a serious eye condition that is widely prevalent. In the United States alone, roughly 40 percent of the population is nearsighted. Globally, myopia affects over a billion people — and that number only continues to grow. By 2050, nearly 5 billion may be myopic because of age, less time spent outdoors and increased eye strain due to screens.
The symptoms of myopia are easy to understand. Myopic patients can see nearby objects, but anything farther away quickly becomes a blur. Myopia is especially problematic in children, where it can cause learning difficulties and can progress aggressively. Early preventative treatment of the condition can slow down its progression and potentially mitigate the more serious consequences that develop later in life.
What Causes Myopia?
A normal eye’s shape is nearly spherical, but myopia causes the shape of the eye to stretch and lengthen. As a result, images of distant objects projected onto the retina lose sharpness and quality, creating a blurry effect. Individuals can inherit myopia through genes passed on from parents but there is a lot of evidence indicating that large amounts of time spent indoors and focusing on nearby objects can also cause eyes to become myopic. These factors can also contribute to the progression of myopia.
Introducing the Miami Contact Lens Institute Myopia Management Clinic
Although there is no way to prevent myopia from developing fully, modern treatment options provide better outcomes than ever before. It is important to slow down the progression of myopia for several reasons:
- This may prevent the onset of blinding ocular conditions later in life
- This will allow patients to see better uncorrected
- This will improve their chances of being refractive surgery candidates
At Miami Contact Lens Institute, we are proud to offer a clinic specifically designed for the effective management of myopia. Some of those we work to treat include those who:
- Have begun to develop problems with nearsightedness in early childhood or at school age
- Suffer from myopia that progressively worsens with each passing year
- Already have very severe myopia that requires high correction
- Have a family history of moderate to severe myopia, as genetic factors can influence in the development of this condition.
If you aren’t sure whether you fall into one of these categories, finding the answer is easy. Simply consult with our experienced and trusted Miami eye doctors to find out through the course of a regular eye examination.
If you meet the criteria for treatment within our myopia management clinic, what can you expect?
What Does the Myopia Management Clinic Do?
While myopia has no permanent cure, we can help to manage it or slow down its progression. Within our clinic, we offer several exciting and groundbreaking myopia management treatments. These include:
- Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) or corneal reshaping therapy. Custom-designed to every patient’s unique eye shape using advanced computer imaging technology, Orthokeratology lenses are meant for wear during sleep. During this time, the lenses gently reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea) and provides daytime correction of myopia and astigmatism. This revolutionary treatment therefore provides clear vision and visual freedom because the patient will no longer need to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day.
- Atropine treatments. A medical treatment option for use in combination with your regular glasses or contact lenses, atropine is similar to the eye drops you may receive during a regular eye exam. By relaxing the eyes, atropine can also slow the progression myopia.
- Distance Center Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses, such as the CooperVision MiSight one-day lens. FDA-approved following clinical trial success, MiSight has been shown to slow myopia in children, making the condition more manageable over their lifetime and keeping classroom learning simple.
By using proven treatments for slowing the progression of myopia, the Miami Contact Lens Institute’s Myopia Management Clinic paves the way for a better quality of life and clearer vision for all our patients. If you or your child suffers from nearsightedness, we can help.
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