Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is the inability for light to focus properly on the retina to form a clear image. This can cause far away objects to appear blurry. New treatments have been developed to slow the progression of myopia in children.
Orthokeratology is an alternative to traditional use of correction like glasses or contacts. This system uses contact lenses to reshape the cornea overnight and allow our patients to conquer the day with clear vision without the need of glasses or contacts. These contact lenses can slow the progression of myopia in children.
Peripheral Defocus Soft Contact Lenses
This type of soft contact lens creates an area of defocus in the mid periphery of the eye. This is very similar to the effect of a multifocal contact lens and can slow the progression of myopia. These contact lenses are a daily disposable lens.
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine is used as an off-label treatment for myopia. This eye drop temporarily blocks the accommodation reflex of the eye and dilates the pupils slightly. It has been shown to slow the progression of myopia in children.