Myopia, commonly called nearsightedness, is a problem affecting almost 40% of Americans, including many children. For children with steadily worsening nearsightedness, the team at VistaSite Eye Care in New York City provides myopia control that can slow or even stop its progression. Call or use online booking to make an appointment at one of the VistaSite Eye Care offices in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Valley Stream, or Washington Heights to learn more about myopia control.
Many children and teens who are nearsighted suffer from progressive myopia, which means their vision is growing steadily worse.
With progressive myopia, not only does your child need prescription changes every year, they’re also at risk of developing other eye problems such as:
If you start myopia control early, you can stop these problems from developing, as well as preventing even more serious issues like cataract-induced blindness.
While myopia control is unique to your child’s needs, your VistaSite Eye Care optometrist may prescribe one of the following treatments:
Contact lenses, both orthokeratology and multifocal, are often an integral part of myopia control. However, many parents worry about how their child will respond to wearing the lenses.
The best way to start with contact lenses is to have your child watch a demonstration at VistaSite Eye Care. When inserting or removing lenses at home, remind your child about the optometrist's recommendations.
It’s important to never rush with contact insertion or removal. It'll take some extra time in the beginning, but after a few weeks, your child will handle the lenses quickly and easily.
Your VistaSite Eye Care optometrist will closely monitor your child's vision while they're undergoing myopia care treatment. Once your child's myopia progression has stopped, they can generally stop using myopia control.
In some cases, the myopia control may work so well that your child no longer needs vision correction at all going forward.
Myopia control can save your child's vision now, and might also prevent major problems in the future. Use the online booking feature or call to schedule your child's visit for myopia control.