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 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.
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!