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Myopia (nearsightedness) has reached pandemic proportions, with nearly a third of the world’s population nearsighted. Myopic children cannot see distance clearly, and their vision typically worsens with age, exposing them to a lifetime of elevated risk of blindness and other serious ocular diseases.

Myopia occurs when the shape of the eye causes light rays entering the eye to bend incorrectly. This leads to blurred vision when viewing objects that are far away. Most myopic children are diagnosed between ages 3 to 12, according to the American Optometric Association.

Once a child becomes myopic, the condition generally worsens as they get older. While glasses and contact lenses provide clear distance vision, they don’t cure myopia. They only relieve the symptoms.

Why Is Myopia Problematic?

Myopia can negatively impact your child’s learning, athletics and overall school performance. Additionally, having myopia as a child can significantly raise the risk of developing serious ocular complications such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment in adulthood.

Is your child at risk?

Some factors that increase a child’s risk of becoming myopic include:

  • Race (Asians are more prone to myopia)
  • Family history (one or both parents are myopic)
  • Spending less than 2 hours per day outdoors
  • Excessive time spent indoors reading, looking at a screen, or doing other close-work

How To Reduce The Risk of Myopia

To reduce the risk of your child developing myopia, increase their outdoor playtime and reduce their amount of near work.

It is important to have your child’s eyes tested by an eye doctor before they start school, as the eye doctor will be able to provide a reliable indication of their future risk of developing myopia.

If your child is already found to be myopic, their eye doctor will be able to discuss all the myopia management options available.

NaturalVue For Myopia Management

While regular soft contact lenses can provide clear distance vision, they don’t slow or halt the progression of myopia.

Studies have found that children who wear multifocal contact lenses have significantly slower myopia progression as compared to those who wear regular contact lenses. NaturalVue Multifocal is one brand of multifocal lenses that offers clear and comfortable vision while slowing myopia progression.

In fact, a study published in Eye and Contact Lens Journal: Science and Clinical Practice found that children who wore NaturalVue Multifocal contact lenses for 5 years experienced great results with a minimal progression of refractive error.

If your child is myopic or you are concerned they might become myopic, contact South Coast Optometry to schedule an appointment. Our effective myopia management methods can help slow down your child’s myopia so that they can enjoy clear vision and radically limit their risk of serious eye disease later in life.

 

South Coast Optometry serves patients from Costa Mesa, Orange County, Newport Beach, and Irvine, all throughout California.


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    Orthokeratology

    What is Orthokeratology?

    Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is a non-invasive method of reshaping the cornea overnight with specialty gas permeable contact lenses to provide quality vision without glasses or contact lenses throughout the day. The process is reversible and a safer alternative to LASIK.

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    Myopia Control

    Myopia (near-sighted) is becoming more prevalent throughout the world. There is active research in this field to find the cause of myopia; unfortunately, the exact mechanisms that cause myopia is not completely understood. However, multiple studies investigating the use of ortho-k suggest that this modality is an effective method of myopia control in children. The results of these studies have shown a statistically significant decrease in progression of myopia [1,2,3,4,5,6]

    How does Orthokeratology work?

    Orthokeratology is an FDA approved procedure to reshape the corneas of myopic eyes. Myopia is a condition that focuses the light in front of the retina which causes blurry vision. These specialized lenses use positive and negative pressure to manipulate the tear layer between the lens and cornea to flatten the cornea. This reshaping refocuses the light onto the retina which provides clear vision.

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    Ortho-k lenses will reshape the cornea like how braces will align teeth; therefore, continued use of the lenses is necessary to act like retainers that will keep the cornea the desired shape for good vision. The above picture is a chronological topography of a cornea going through orthokeratology treatment. The central cornea (yellow) is steep (1), begins to flatten (2), and is finally at the desired shape(blue) for appropriate vision (3).

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    MiSight Contact Lenses For Myopia Management

    FDA-approved CooperVision’s MiSight 1 Day Contact Lenses are daily wear, single-use contacts that have been shown to slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in children aged 8 to 12 years old at the start of treatment. Slowing the progression of myopia in children may reduce their risk of developing severe eye diseases such as macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and glaucoma later in life.

    Myopia Management In a Nutshell

    Myopia, which occurs in school-aged children, is not a static condition; by the time you bring your child to their next eye exam, their level of nearsightedness likely will have increased. It typically stabilizes by the age of 20.

    According to the American Optometric Association, 34% of American children ages 12-17 are myopic. All the more worrying is that, by 2050, myopia is expected to affect at least 5 billion people globally. In some areas of Asia, the rates are already surpassing 80-90% by the time teens attend university.

    This is due in part to changing lifestyles, with children spending less time outdoors and more time focusing on close objects like digital screens. The long-term risks associated with myopia progression pose a serious public health challenge, and the World Health Organization and other international health bodies and NGOs have already added myopia to the agenda of serious concerns.

    The goal in myopia management is to reduce abnormal eye growth and elongation. Once a child is diagnosed with myopia, eye doctors typically prescribe eyeglasses or standard contact lenses. While these help the child see better, they cannot slow myopia’s progression. By using the most advanced myopia management methods — like MiSight contact lenses — Dr. Daniel Quon & Dr. David Yoo can help your child slow the progression of myopia and limit the risks of vision-robbing eye diseases later in life.

    What are MiSight Contact Lenses?

    kid playing smartphone v2MiSight contact lenses are daily disposable soft contact lenses designed to slow myopia progression in children.

    When inserted into the eye, the central part of the MiSight contact lens corrects the refractive error, much like a traditional corrective lens. But the peripheral part of the lens has uniquely designed concentric rings that direct light to focus on the retina. This has been shown to significantly reduce the stimuli causing the eye to grow longer.

    Safety and Effectiveness of MiSight Contact Lenses

    The safety and effectiveness of MiSight were studied in a 3-year clinical trial of 135 children aged 8 to 12 who were prescribed either MiSight or traditional soft contact lenses. Over the 3-year period, myopia progressed at a much slower rate — by 59% to be exact — in the children who wore MiSight contact lenses compared to the children who wore conventional soft contacts.

    These results indicate that MiSight could be an excellent option for slowing myopia progression in your child.

    Speak with Dr. Daniel Quon & Dr. David Yoo to learn more about MiSight contact lenses and to find out how they can help your child effectively limit myopia progression.

    South Coast Optometry serves patients from Costa Mesa, Orange County, Newport Beach, Irvine, and throughout California.

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    Soft Multifocal Lenses For Myopia Management

    Myopia is an eye disease that causes the eye to elongate from early childhood into the late teen years. This elongation causes the light to fall in front of the retina rather than on the retina itself, causing far-away objects to appear blurred. Regular glasses or contact lenses correct for poor visual acuity but do nothing to address the elongation of the eye itself.

    What many parents don’t realize is that myopia can be dangerous. The more aggressive the progression, the higher the chance that your child will develop sight-threatening conditions like macular degeneration, retinal detachment and glaucoma in the future. At South Coast Optometry, we use soft multifocal contact lenses as part of our myopia management program, which can slow or even stop the progression of your child’s myopia.

    What Are Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses?

    Soft multifocal contact lenses feature three prescriptions in a single lens: one for near distance, one for intermediate distance and one for far distance. These lenses are made of breathable and flexible plastics that allow air to pass through the lens to the cornea for a healthy, comfortable fit, making them suitable for older children and teens. Soft multifocal contact lenses are FDA approved for children 8 years of age and above. Even children with various levels of astigmatism can achieve successful results in managing their myopia with soft multifocal contact lenses.

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    How Do Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses Slow Myopia Progression?

    These contact lenses are worn during the day so your child will see clearly all day without the hindrance of glasses. In addition to correcting distance vision, the design of these lenses has been precisely calculated to allow a child to achieve clear vision for all distances. They allow the light rays entering the eyes from the side of your vision to focus in front of the retina rather than directly onto it. This has been shown to provide subtle feedback to the brain to halt the elongation of the eye, This, in turn, slows or stops myopia from advancing. Children who wear soft multifocal contact lenses usually find that their prescription will no longer rapidly worsen.

    We Offer Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses and Other Myopia Treatments

    At your first consultation, Dr. Daniel Quon & Dr. David Yoo will assess the extent of your child’s myopia, including corneal shape and refractive error. After this assessment, Dr. Daniel Quon & Dr. David Yoo will recommend the best myopia management treatment options. During this process, patients and parents are encouraged to ask any questions they may have.

    Should you choose to proceed with soft multifocal contact lenses, Dr. Daniel Quon & Dr. David Yoo will determine the exact prescription adjustments required and carefully fit the contact lenses to ensure that they sit correctly and comfortably on your child’s eyes. Your child will immediately be able to see clearly. Over time, your child’s myopia progression will slow or even cease, drastically mitigating the long-term risks to their vision.

    If you have a child with myopia, or if it’s simply time for your child’s annual checkup, call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Quon & Dr. David Yoo and learn more about our myopia management program.

    South Coast Optometry serves patients from Costa Mesa, Orange County, Newport Beach, Irvine, and throughout California.

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    Call Us 714-500-7564