- Blurry vision when trying to focus at a distance
- Squinting at faraway objects to compensate for difficulty focusing
- Headaches due to eye strain
- Difficulty focusing when driving at night (in adults)
- Difficulty focusing when looking at classroom blackboards (for children in school)
Myopia Control for All Ages
More children are developing myopia every year, which makes it harder for them to see distant objects. Because 80% of childhood learning is visual, myopia can have a negative impact on their academic, athletic, and social development.
Thompson Rivers Family Optometry knows that detecting myopia early and effectively managing it can prevent its most severe outcomes. We’re ready to help you and your family control myopia so that you can keep making the most out of life.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia is commonly referred to as nearsightedness. It takes place when the eyeball gradually changes shape and becomes too long, preventing light that enters from focusing correctly on the retina.
Myopia usually begins in childhood and worsens until a person’s early 20s, when it begins to stabilize. However, it can also appear in adults with specific health problems (such as high stress or diabetes). High myopia (a more severe form) can also raise the risk of developing other potentially-severe ocular health problems, including detached retinas and cataracts.
Children’s eye exams are one of the best ways to detect and control myopia before it progresses.
How we Control Myopia
Thompson Rivers Family Optometry can control myopia in children and adults by using the following tools and techniques:
- Multifocal contact lenses: Soft multifocal contact lenses with a centre-distance design have been shown to slow myopia progression by up to 25% compared to single-vision lenses.
- Atropine eye drops: Low doses of this medication have been shown to slow down myopia’s progression. Atropine is widely considered safe for children to take, although it can cause mild side effects such as increased light sensitivity.
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