What is myopia?
Myopia is a condition of the eye also known as nearsightedness. Rapidly progressing myopia in children is a growing problem with the overuse of screens and technology, but one that can be prevented in many cases.
Why should myopia concern parents?
Once myopia has progressed, there is no way to reverse it besides surgery. Patients with high myopia are more likely to suffer certain eye diseases such as glaucoma or cataracts and retina-related disorders such as retinal detachment, central retinal degeneration, myopic macular holes or separation of the macular retina layers. These patients are at the greatest risk for retinal disorders which can lead to significant vision loss.
How does myopia management work?
Myopia control programs work to slow the progression of myopia in children. The younger the child is and the longer they comply with the myopia control programs, the better success rate there is at slowing this progression and preventing high myopia in adulthood. There are a few myopia control program options, and both Dr Kim and Dr Patel are certified for these programs.
What do these programs entail, and how do I know if my child is a candidate?
Ideally, children will start the myopia control program between 8-12 years old. This is the sweet spot to slow progression, and the longer the child is managed, the more success our doctors will have at slowing progression and preventing high myopia. Because these myopia control programs all require contact lenses, your child must be ready to be trained in contact lens insertion and removal, and contact lens wearing hygiene. Our staff is wonderful at this training, but your child must have the maturity and desire to learn! If you would like more information about myopia management, please call our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Kim. She will determine if your child is a good candidate for myopia control contact lenses and we can go over pricing and scheduling to get your child enrolled!