Helping Your Children See Clearly
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a visual condition that tends to develop at a young age and can result in poor distance vision. Myopia can have a significant impact on your child’s life, from difficulties in the classroom to struggling with reading their favourite books.
That’s why we emphasize the importance of early myopia control for children to help them achieve success. Our team is dedicated to assisting in controlling the progression of myopia in your children, using solutions like MiSight and ortho-k lenses.
Our goal is to aid your children with managing myopia progression and enhance their quality of life. Schedule an appointment with us today.
Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long or the cornea is curved too steeply. This can cause light to focus incorrectly inside the eye, which can make distant objects, like a whiteboard at school, appear blurry.
It’s important to correct myopia early on, as it can affect your child’s academic performance and future eye health when left uncorrected.
Understanding High Myopia
By 2050, it is projected that nearly half of the global population will experience some degree of myopia.
To address this concern, it’s important to get help managing it as early as possible. Prolonged myopia progression can significantly increase the risk of developing high myopia, which can have a profound impact on a child’s vision and eye health.
We can recommend strategies based on your child’s eye care needs to help protect and preserve their vision from myopia.
High myopia can lead to complications in adulthood and increase the risk of developing various eye diseases and conditions when left unmanaged, including:
- Retinal detachment
- Myopic macular degeneration
Myopia & Academic Performance
When your kids are struggling with their vision, it can impact their academic performance, including reading from a distance, seeing the board, and even participating in sports and gym classes.
This can lead to stress, confusion, and doubt, and if left undiagnosed, it may cause them to fall behind their peers.
We want to help through professional care and treatment options, such as corrective lenses and ortho-k. We can help your kids succeed both inside and outside the classroom and improve their quality of life.
Myopia Symptoms to Look Out for
Myopia can affect your children in different ways. Some common signs and symptoms of myopia can include:
- Eye strain
- Blurry vision when looking at faraway objects
- Squinting to see distant objects
If your child is experiencing these symptoms, a comprehensive eye exam with our team can help determine if myopia control methods such as ortho-k lenses can work for your child.
When Is It Time for Myopia Control?
When Your Child Is Having Trouble at School
When refractive errors are not corrected, your child’s academic performance can be negatively impacted.
Recent studies have shown that children who have myopia are more likely to experience difficulties in school.
Your Child Is Experiencing Eye Strain & Headaches
The development of myopia can lead to a range of additional issues, such as eye strain and headaches. Early detection and treatment for myopia can help reduce the risk of additional myopia complications.
Your Child Avoids TV & Being Outdoors
Research has indicated that children with nearsightedness face difficulties with tasks and activities that require distance vision, such as watching TV or playing outside.
Additionally, spending excessive time indoors can also contribute to the development of myopia in children.
Our Myopia Control Methods
Symptoms of myopia, like blurry vision and eye strain, can affect your child’s quality of life. Our myopia control methods are designed to help slow myopia progression and help kids see clearly.
Our various myopia control methods function by sending signals to the eye, which help in slowing down its growth. After examining your child’s eyes, we can determine the appropriate myopia control options for their needs and suggest strategies that fit their lifestyle.
Your kids can wear orthokeratology lenses (ortho-k) overnight to temporarily reshape their corneas and control myopia. Ortho-k lenses can also help reduce dependence on glasses and contact lenses throughout the day.
These lenses can be especially beneficial for children who play sports or participate in other physical activities, as they won’t have to worry about breaking or losing their glasses.
Ortho-k lenses are a great option for children to control the progression of mild to moderate myopia. In the morning, your kids can remove the lenses and enjoy clear vision all day.
Atropine Eye Drops
Low daily doses of atropine can help suppress the eye’s growth to slow down the progression of myopia. Studies have shown that a low dose of atropine in eye drop form can help slow the progression of myopia in children to reduce the risk of severe nearsightedness.
With atropine eye drops, we may still recommend wearing contact lenses or glasses during the day to help keep your child’s vision clear.
MiSight Daily Contacts
MiSight 1 day lenses are soft contact lenses that can help manage myopia for children. These lenses use ActivControl technology to help correct and slow the progression of myopia in children aged 8–12 at the start of their treatment.
These lenses change the way light is focused on the retina, signalling the eye to reduce its growth and manage the progression of myopia. This process helps to slow down the elongation of the eye and prevent the progression of myopia.
Studies have shown that MiSight lenses slow the progression of myopia by an average of 59%.
ACUVUE Abiliti Soft Contacts
ACUVUE Abiliti soft contacts use breathable materials which help your child’s eyes stay refreshed and moisturized during the day. These daily disposable lenses are made from gas-permeable material that helps shape the cornea to manage myopia progression.
ACUVUE Abiliti soft contacts manage myopia through modifications in the way light is focused on the retina, triggering the eye to decelerate the progress of myopia.
ZEISS MyoCare Lenses
ZEISS MyoCare eyeglass lenses make use of a small central zone of clarity, along with myopic defocus on the near periphery, to modify the way light focuses on the retina and manage the progression of myopia. This technique helps to reshape the eye and reduce the rate of myopia progression.
ZEISS MyoCare lenses are made from high-quality materials that provide clear, crisp vision and excellent comfort levels. They come in 2 distinct designs, depending on the patient’s age, and are available in both single-vision and progressive lens options.
Take Our Myopia Quiz
Need more clarity? Take our myopia quiz down below.
Address Myopia Early
Myopia can be challenging to navigate for your children, and we want to help. Our myopia control services keep education in mind and help your children control the progression of myopia early.
An eye exam can help diagnose myopia and other vision issues that can affect your children—book your child’s next eye exam today.
Our Eye Care Services
Eye exams are essential for maintaining your ocular health. Learn more about the importance of eye care and how we can help.
Children’s eyes are constantly growing and require specialized care. Give your child the best start possible with eye exams at Bluewater Optometry.
Contact lenses are an excellent alternative to eyeglasses. Learn about comprehensive contact lens exams and fittings for crystal clear vision.
Digital eye strain is a common symptom of our reliance on digital devices. Learn about the warning signs of this condition and how to mitigate them.
Come See Us Today
We’re on the corner of Exmouth Street and Napier Street, right across from Norm Perry Park.
Our Address251 Exmouth Street
Sarnia, ON N7T 5M7
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