Nearsightedness or myopia is an eye disease that affects how an individual sees objects at a distance. Objects that are close up look clear, while those at a distance appear blurry. Myopia develops when light focuses incorrectly on your retina due to the eye growing too long.
Myopia’s prevalence has grown worldwide, with estimates indicating that 50 percent of the population worldwide will have the condition by the year 2050. Several options can help treat myopia and reduce its progression. Learn more about the myopia management treatment options we recommend at Patel Vision Group locations.
Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, is a noninvasive treatment that corrects myopia by reshaping your cornea. Individuals with nearsightedness can wear gas-permeable contacts specially designed for this treatment overnight.
The ortho-k lenses reshape the cornea while you sleep. They do so using gentle pressure. Once you remove them in the morning, you can experience clear vision during the daytime without corrective lenses.
Ortho-k does not require a commitment to prescription glasses, contact lens wear during the day, or surgery. You can wear the lenses overnight without additional corrective measures. The lenses are suitable for active individuals. They can go about their daytime activities with ease and comfort.
Orthokeratology slows myopia progression. It gently reshapes your cornea and prevents the growth of the eye. As such, it reduces high myopia risk and other associated conditions like glaucoma and retinal detachment.
Atropine drops are a readily available medication popularly used for myopia treatment. They control the shape of the eye lens by relaxing your ciliary muscles. In so doing, they slow the progression of myopia.
You can use the atropine drops once a day in the morning or at night. Apply them to your eyes and leave them to do their job.
You can manage myopia noninvasively with atropine drops. They are a perfect alternative to wearing contact lenses or eyeglasses for vision correction. If you are mindful of your budget, they are more cost-effective than other myopia treatment options.
MiSight® helps slow myopia progression in children. The soft contact lenses reduce the risk of myopia advancement by applying gentle pressure to your cornea’s peripheral areas. They are designed for daily wear like conventional contact lenses.
MiSight features a design that creates a peripheral blur to slow myopia progression. It does so to reduce the stress exerted on your eyes.
MiSight manages myopia in a noninvasive and convenient way. It does not require lifestyle changes or any surgical procedure. The lenses are specifically made to help children. Parents looking for convenient and effective ways to manage nearsightedness in their children may find in MiSight.
Clinical trials have shown MiSight to slow myopia progression and children using MiSight show a reduced chance of developing high myopia or other associated eye diseases when they grow older.
It is best to consult your eye doctor at Patel Vision Group about myopia management. They can advise you about the best treatment based on your preferences and needs. Utilizing treatments such as ortho-k, atropine drops, and MiSight, you can effectively manage myopia.
For more about myopia management, contact Patel Vision Group at one of our convenient locations in Visalia, Fair Oaks, Fresno, Redding, Roseville, Sacramento, Monterey, or Salinas, California.