What is Myopia?
Myopia (also known as nearsightedness) is a common refractive error that causes distant objects to look blurry and out of focus.
In a non-myopic eye, the light hits the eye, bends as it travels through the cornea, and focuses directly on the retina. A myopic eye, however, is too long in comparison to the curve of the cornea, causing light to focus in front of the retina.
What is Myopia Progression Control?
Cases of childhood myopia tend to get progressively more severe as time goes by. Without the appropriate treatment, a relatively mild case of myopia may eventually result in a heavy prescription by the time the child reaches adulthood.
Myopia progression control helps slow down the progression of myopia by reducing the strain associated with regular close work. While it doesn’t “cure” myopia or remove the need for correction altogether, it may prevent the need for a much stronger prescription later.
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Methods of Myopia Progression Control
Ortho-K or orthokeratology involves the use of a special kind of rigid contact lenses worn overnight. The lenses very gently reshape the corneas while the patient is sleeping. In the morning, the patient takes the Ortho-k lenses out and enjoys clear vision at all distances for the entire day.
This treatment is not permanent, and the corneas will slowly revert to their natural shape over time. Because it’s totally reversible, Ortho-K doesn’t impact the possibility of laser eye surgery in the future.
Multi-Focal Contact Lenses
Multi-focal contacts offer different corrective powers in different margins of the lens, allowing the wearer to see clearly at all distances. Studies have indicated that these lenses can be incredibly effective for myopia progression control, as they reduce the strain associated with close work.