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Myopia Concerns and Control

Myopia is on the rise, especially among young people. You may notice that your child needs a stronger prescription every year or that the majority of their classmates wear glasses. This is because myopia is a progressive disorder and more children are diagnosed each year. It is estimated that almost half of the United States population has myopia, while in China the figure is reaching 90% of the population.

Exactly What is Myopia?

Myopia is also known as nearsightedness. It is a refraction error wherein the cornea is too steep or the eyeball length is too long. This creates a focal point just in front of the retina. It usually begins in childhood, progressing until adulthood. In some cases, it continues to progress into adulthood.

Signs Your Child Has Myopia

Your child may not complain about problems with their vision if it is all they have known. There are some simple signs you can look for that may indicate a refractive error like myopia.

  • Holding books too close to the face
  • Sitting too close to the TV
  • Squinting when looking far away
  • Tilting the head to one side when trying to focus
  • Complaints of headaches
  • Trouble focusing on the blackboard

Controlling Myopia in Childhood Creates a Clear Future

With the rise in the severity of myopia, it can be incredibly useful to control it before it gets out of hand. This is most effective in children, but some adults have had success with myopia control, as well. Slowing or halting the progression of your child’s myopia now can save you years of increasing prescriptions and constant eyeglass upgrades.

Ortho-K Contact Lenses

These innovative orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses are worn overnight, gently changing the shape of their cornea as your child sleeps. This shortens the length of the eye, creating a focal point on, or at least closer to, the retina, allowing for clear daytime vision with the contact lenses removed. The results are temporary, making it a necessity that these contact lenses are worn each night. Over time, this has shown to be effective in slowing, stopping, or even turning back the progression of nearsightedness.

A prescription for myopia can clear up problems with distance vision, however, this may cause strain at near. This strain causes the progression of myopia to hasten. Multifocal lenses can be worn as contact lenses or as glasses and offer a gradient of prescription. This gradient keeps their close vision as it is naturally while correcting their distance vision. Your child sees clearly without added strain.

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Located in the Heart of Surrey, along King George Boulevard, we welcome anyone in the Langley, Delta, Cloverfield and Surrey area to come visit.

Look Optometry +
Eyewear

500 - 7380 King George Blvd,
Surrey, BC, V3W 5A5

Contact Information

Phone: (604) 501-0900
Fax: (604) 593-3793

Clinic Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Appointments available outside normal
business hours by request.