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Myopia Management

Myopia management

It’s predicted that myopia, or near-sightedness, will be the leading cause of permanent blindness in the world by 2050. In the US alone, over 42% of the population between the ages 5 and 19 are myopic, a number that continues to increase as people spend more time on electronic devices. The primary purpose of this intervention is to prevent diseases caused by the eye elongating, which is what causes myopia. The myopic population has a 9 times greater risk of retinal detachment and a 3.3 times greater risk of cataracts and glaucoma. By intervening early, children can avoid or prolong these conditions by managing their myopia now.

We at Bright Side are excited to offer myopia management at Lake worth to our patients! There are various treatment options to fit each and every one of our patient’s unique lifestyle needs. The following methods are used at our practice;

  • Atropine ophthalmic drops
  • Ortho-k corneal molding contact lenses, and
  • Peripheral defocusing soft contact lenses

Atropine is an ophthalmic solution that can slow myopia’s progression, without significant side effects such as mydriasis (the pupil not responding to light) and cycloplegia. It is available at a low dosage through a compounding pharmacy.

Orthokeratology treatment is used to reshape the contour of the cornea and reduce myopia temporarily. During the treatment, you will need to wear gas-permeable contact lenses at night only (no contacts or glasses during the day), which will result in better vision during the day without the use of corrective lenses.

Soft multifocal contact lenses will slow the progression of nearsightedness and provide an effective treatment option. Children that wear multifocal lenses notice a 25% decrease in myopia progression and 31%  less elongation of the eye than those wearing single-vision lenses over a period of two years.

The health of your eyes is our number one priority and we strive to educate our patients and work with patients of all ages and are happy to answer any questions. Our practice has the latest technology to ensure you receive the best Myopia treatment possible.

Dangers of Myopia:

Researchers now know there is more to worry about with myopic eyes than the inconvenience of thicker lenses. Myopic patients are more vulnerable to a range of sight-threatening diseases and complications. More than 50 percent of retinal detachments not related to trauma are associated with myopia. Other myopia risks include glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration. Patients with mild myopia have a four-fold increase in the risk of retinal detachment. For those with moderate to severe myopia, the risk increases 10 times.
Some signs and symptoms of myopia (nearsightedness) to look out for are; squinting when looking at a distance, such as a school board. Sitting very close to the TV, holding books or tablets very close to the eyes, and a disinterest in playing sports, viewing anything from a distance.

Call our office at 561-469-7196 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Baker to see if you or your child is a candidate for any of our treatment options!

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  • Location

    6045 Hagen Ranch Rd Ste#5, Lake Worth, FL 33467

  • Email Us

    brightsideeyecare@gmail.com

  • Call Us

    561-469-7196

  • Hours

    Mon - 9:00am to 6:00pm
    Tue - 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Wed - 9:00am to 2:00pm
    Thu - 9:00am to 6:00pm
    Fri - 9:00am to 5:00pm
    Sat - by appointment only
    Sun - closed

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