My Child Is Nearsighted… What Now?
Do you remember getting glasses in 2nd grade, squinting to see the board in school? In the past, these patients would be given glasses to improve vision without much explanation as to what other options were available at the time. Now we have different options to slow down the progression of a glasses prescription.
#1 – Orthokeratology
Dr. Hooper’s preferred option based on studies and a patient’s quality of life. Orthokeratology is an overnight corneal mold that corrects vision while the patient sleeps. The patient will wake up, remove the molds, and see adequately for the rest of the day! The effects wear off over the course of 24 to 72 hours, depending on the patient's prescription.
#2 – Soft Contact Lenses
A soft multifocal contact lens is another option. These lenses are to be worn very similarly to traditional contact lenses, however there is additional power in the lens to allow for a reduction in myopia progression.
#3 – Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine at 1% is shown to completely curb myopia progression, however the patient suffers from full dilation 24/7 and can lead to headaches, inability to see close, and potential increase for cataract / macular degeneration development. Lower concentrations of this medication are safe for regular use and cause significantly less side effects.
Management of nearsightedness has improved! Talk to Dr. Hooper about which option is best for you!