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Myopia Control In Joplin MO

Myopia is one of the leading eye health concerns of this generation as the rates of Myopia worldwide are skyrocketing with research showing close to 4.5 billion people with Myopia by 2050. Myopia alone is not the concern, the problem with myopia is that the more the myopia progresses the higher the incidence of severe eye diseases later in life. Fortunately there are a variety of ways used by eye doctors worldwide to slow down the progression and severley reduce the risks associated with Mild-High myopia.

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Who is Myopia Control For?

Myopia Control is for anyone with Myopia from the age of 5 to late teens. During these years Myopia progresses, or becomes worse, the worse it becomes the more at risk your child is to lose their vision later in life. One of the most important things to keep in mind is that the most important years to start a myopia control program are the early years. Another important factor to consider with Myopia Control is that slowing the progression you are improving vision in your childs every day life. To learn more about myopia control schedule an eye exam at our Joplin practice and our Optometrists will provide in depth information on Myopia Control.

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How Does It work?

There are three main methods of Myopia Control being used today. The most popular method is called Ortho K or sometimes GVSS. OrthoK is a custom molded contact lens worn to sleep only. Much like braces they gently shape the eye. The big plus with OrthoK is that your child will be with great vision during the day without the need for wearing glasses or contacts. Multifocal contact lenses which are designed specifically for myopia are also effective. For younger children Atropine is widely used, these eye drops are .01% of the solution used by eye doctors to dilate eyes for an eye exam, the low dosage is so there are no effects on short term vision.

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OrthoK/Orthokeratology

OrthoK is a highly specialized contact lens worn while sleeping. During the night the contacts act like braces and gently reshape the eye temporarily. This reshaping dramatically slows down the progression of myopia while offering a lot of additional benefits. Our patients who come from Joplin and the 4 states love wearing OrthoK contact lenses. The boost to self esteem from being glasses and contact lens free and the clearer vision experienced during the day are the two most common sentiments expressed by our patients.

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Multifocal Contact Lenses for Myopia Control

Multifocal contacts are contact lenses with different zones of power. By altering the side vision zone of the lens, the eyes adjustments cause a meaningful slow down of myopia progression. Children often begin wearing these soft contact lenses after the age of 8. In large studies with kids using contact lenses, the enthusiasm due to improved vision, self esteem, and ease of use was a common theme.

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Atropine Eye Drops For Myopia Control

Atropine eye drops are an effective method of slowing down the progression of myopia in children. One of the benefits of Atropine is that it can be used with children who are too young or immature for contact lenses or OrthoK. Recent research is also showing that Atropine has promise when used before the child has myopia in order to reduce the likelihood of developing myopia. Research by Fang showed that administering Atropine to pre-myopic children reduced the incidence of Myopia by half. Another differentiation between atropine and soft contacts/OrthoK is the ability to combine Atropine with another form of myopia control.

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Easy Tips For Myopia control:

  • Increase time spent outdoors to 2 hours per day.
  • Reduce time spent on digital devices.
  • Reduce time spent on near work to a healthy amount.

WHO IS AT INCREASED RISK OF DEVELOPING MYOPIA?

  • Children with one or both parents with myopia.
  • Children of Asian or African American decent.
  • Kids that spend less than an hour outside per day.

WHAT are the long term risks of high myopia?

High Myopia increases the risk of:

  • Cataracts by 500% .
  • Glaucoma by 1400%.
  • Retinal Detachment by 2200% .
  • Myopic Maculopathy by 4100% .