Family Solutions for Myopia Control
Over 40 million Americans are expected to have myopia by 2050. This common refractive error makes it harder to focus on distant objects and generally begins between the ages of 6 and 14.
Myopia progression typically stabilizes when the eyes stop growing around age 20. However, myopia at any age should be concerning since it can increase your risk of developing certain eye diseases.
Total Vision Tierrasanta can help your child control myopia with special eyeglasses or contact lenses. Our eye doctors can also provide solutions to help control myopia in adults.
What Is Myopia?
Sometimes, a person’s eyes become longer over time and incoming light can’t focus properly on the retina anymore. The resulting condition is called Myopia, which makes distant objects appear out of focus.
Myopia is particularly concerning for children since 80% of their learning is visual. Children with myopia may have a harder time reading the board in school classrooms, playing sports, or crossing the street safely.
Regular children’s eye exams can alert you to the presence of myopia while your children are still young. Once we’ve diagnosed a patient with myopia, we can recommend options for reducing its progression.
What Are the Symptoms of Myopia?
- Distant objects appear blurry
- You can’t see clearly without squinting
- You get frequent headaches from eye strain
- You can’t see clearly when driving at night
Total Vision Tierrasanta offers several options for addressing myopia. We’ll measure your axial length to find out how severe your myopia is, then recommend one of the following strategies:
- Soft multifocal lenses and can halt myopia by tricking your brain into slowing down the growth of your eyes. This tactic is called myopic defocus, and is often recommended for myopia control in children.
- Ortho-k lenses also use the principle of myopic defocus but function differently than soft contacts. Ortho-k lenses gradually reshape your cornea as you sleep so that you can see clearly throughout the next day after removing them in the morning.
Laser eye surgeries like LASIK and PRK can correct myopia instead of controlling it. However, they may not be appropriate for severe cases. Laser eye surgery is also not FDA-approved for people under 18 years of age, since their eyes are still developing and their prescriptions are likely to keep changing after the surgery.
Find Myopia Control Solutions for Your Family
Early diagnosis can help you and your children control myopia and reduce its risks. Contact us as soon as possible to arrange eye exams for your family.
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Where Can I Find You?
Our practice is located just off of Santo Road, a few steps away from the post office. Same day appointments available! Welcoming new patients.
- Phone: 858-571-8835
- Email: [email protected]
- 5990 Santo Road
- San Diego, CA 92124
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed