Myopia Control and Management is an emerging field of eye care based on over 30 years of research devoted to slowing the progression of this common degenerative eye disease, also known as nearsightedness. With typical onset during childhood, myopia causes progressive vision loss and increases the patient’s risk for future eye diseases. The latest protocol management studies show significant benefits to patients, slowing myopia progression by 50% or higher.
Three management options are available to patients today:
1. Orthokeratology, commonly known as the Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVSS), is a program where kids and eligible adults sleep in a specially designed Gas Permeable firm lens. This lens molds the cornea and corrects vision overnight; when removed in the morning, no glasses or contacts are needed in most cases. The process has been shown to slow myopia progression by an average of 50%.
2. Atropine drops have been used for over 30 years in children with no known risks. Drops of Atropine can be used alone or in conjunction with other myopia management protocols, and they have been shown to reduce the progression of myopia by an average of 50-60%. Used once in each eye at night, this is often the best option for children who are too young to begin with GVSS or multifocal contacts. The younger a child becomes myopic, the higher their risk for developing high myopia, otherwise known as a prescription of -5.00 or above, along with an increased risk of future eye disease and associated decreased quality of life.
3. Soft daily wear contact lenses from the MiSight Brilliant Futures program, the only FDA-approved contact lens for Myopia control, correct a patient’s vision during the day. Lake Ridge Vision Source is among the first offices in Virginia to be certified and able to offer this treatment option to our patients. With these lenses, studies have shown myopia progression reduction by 52-59%. They are being safely worn by thousands of myopic children around the world in Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, and Australia.
Starting a myopia control program is so important, both for quality of vision and overall eye health. As myopia progresses, a patient’s risk of contracting many eye diseases increases as well. The earlier a child begins a myopia control program, the more effective it will be.
Make an appointment through our website or at 703-680-4323 to discuss your child’s options with our doctors today.