Myopia Control in
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Bring Your Child’s Future into Focus

Myopia is a refractive error that causes distant objects to remain out of focus while nearby objects stay clear. Also known as nearsightedness, this common vision problem affects nearly 30% of all Americans. It’s also predicted to become increasingly more common in the future.

Although myopia generally means that you’ll have to wear glasses or contact lenses, those with high myopia have an increased risk of developing vision-threatening eye conditions.

Studies show that myopia is becoming more prevalent among children. The younger a child develops myopia, the more likely it can progress to high myopia. To help protect your children’s vision, Golden Triangle Optometric Center offers several methods to slow myopia progression and keep your child’s future in focus.

What Is Myopia?

Myopia is a refractive error, meaning the shape of the eye prevents light from reaching the retina. It occurs when the eye grows too long, so light lands in front of the retina instead of on it, making distant objects appear blurry. The retina is the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye responsible for decoding visual information to send to your brain. 

The exact cause of myopia isn’t clear. But it’s likely a complex combination of genetics, an increased amount of time spent on near work (like computer work), and a reduced amount of time spent outdoors, especially during childhood.

Myopia in Children

Myopia most often develops in school-aged children around ages 6 to 12, when the eyes are doing most of their growing. It then slows in adolescence and stabilizes in early adulthood. 

When myopia develops in children as young as 6 to 8, they have a higher risk of it becoming high myopia because their eyes have more time to grow. High myopia comes with several risks, including:

Because of the risks associated with high levels of myopia, researchers have put a lot of effort into developing ways of slowing myopia progression. And they’ve come up with several methods that are effective, safe, and non-invasive!

Myopia Control Methods

Orthokeratology Contact Lenses

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses are specialized, custom-fit contact lenses designed to reshape the cornea and improve vision temporarily. These lenses are worn overnight and removed in the morning, allowing the wearer to enjoy clear vision throughout their day without glasses or contact lenses. 

Ortho-k is an alternative to conventional contact lenses and eyeglasses for correcting myopia. But, they’ve also been shown to slow myopia progression in children by 36% to 56% compared to spectacle myopia control. 

Atropine Eye Drops

Although the exact mechanism is unknown, low-dose atropine eye drops (0.01%) have been used to effectively slow myopia progression in children with minimal side effects.

Peripheral Defocus Contact Lenses

These specialized contact lenses containing multiple prescriptions use peripheral defocus as a method of myopia control. Soft, bifocal contact lenses have been shown to reduce myopia progression in children effectively. 

Make Your Child’s Appointment Today

If your child has been diagnosed with nearsightedness, please reach out to us to learn more about our myopia control methods. We’re always happy to help!

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Our clinic is easily accessible in University Square on Governor Drive between Vons and Rite Aid.

  • 4009 Governor Drive
  • San Diego, CA 92122

Hours of Operation

  • Monday: 9:00 AM 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Tuesday to Friday – closed 1 to 2 for lunch

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