Myopia Control

Myopia is a refractive error that affects your distance vision. People with myopia have blurred vision when focusing on objects at a distance. Although there’s no cure for myopia, you can improve your vision by wearing prescription eyeglasses or contacts or undergoing LASIK surgery. Over the years, myopia in children has been steadily increasing, with symptoms worsening as children grow older. At San Antonio Eye & Face Institute, we offer myopia control treatment for children in Alamo Heights and San Antonio to help slow the progression of myopia. By controlling myopia symptoms, our San Antonio ophthalmologists can help preserve your child’s sight.

Myopia Control

Myopia Control Treatment

Children with myopia generally wear prescriptions to correct their vision. Over time, their prescription may become stronger due to worsening myopia symptoms. Myopia also increases your child’s risk of developing glaucoma, retinal detachment, cataracts, and other eye problems later in life. Here are a few ways our ophthalmologists in San Antonio can help slow the progression of myopia:

Low-Dose Atropine Eye Drops

Our San Antonio ophthalmologists use atropine eye drops to dilate your eyes during an eye exam to better evaluate your eye health and vision. Eye doctors have discovered that these same drops can also help control myopia. Given in small doses to children 5 to 18 years of age for 2 to 3 years, atropine drops can help slow the progression of myopia symptoms. For best results, the drops should be given at night before the child goes to sleep.

Multifocal Contacts

Multifocal contacts contain multiple prescriptions to allow you to see clearly up close and at a distance. Typically, the power for distance vision is at the top of the lens, while the power for near vision is at the bottom. Multifocal contacts and eyeglasses can have up to three prescriptions which shift power gradually from top to bottom to provide clear vision. Wearing multifocal lenses improves a child’s vision and can also slow the progression of myopia symptoms.

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) Contacts

Ortho-K contacts correct myopia symptoms by reshaping the cornea of the eye. These specialized contacts are worn only at night to give children clearer vision during the day. The results of ortho-K lenses aren’t permanent. If your child stops wearing the contacts at night, his myopia symptoms will return. Wearing Ortho-K lenses helps reduce the progression of myopia.

See Our Ophthalmologists in San Antonio, TX, for Myopia Control

To learn more about myopia control in children, contact San Antonio Eye & Face Institute, serving Alamo Heights and San Antonio residents, at 210-485-1488. We’re here to meet all your eye-care needs.

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