The doctors at Clarin Eye Care in Palmetto Bay, FL, and Coral Gables Eye Care have the expertise and clinical knowledge necessary to diagnose and treat myopia.
Also known as nearsightedness, myopia is a common condition in which people have trouble seeing something in the distance but can still generally see objects up close. People with myopia struggle to see street signs while driving or a blackboard in a classroom. Myopia is often the result of the eyeball being too long or the cornea being too curved, and it is typically diagnosed during childhood.
What is Progressive Myopia?
Progressive myopia is nearsightedness that worsens year after year during childhood. The reason myopia almost always worsens is because the shape of the eyeball continues to grow over time which impacts the child’s sight.
Progressive myopia causes eye strain, blurred vision, headaches, and fatigue, particularly after looking at objects in the distance for extended periods. People who have progressive myopia are also at a higher risk of developing eye health problems later in life, including retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
Because progressive myopia can have such a negative impact on a person’s eye health, it is important to get regular eye exams to screen for this condition. The earlier myopia is caught, the sooner your doctor will be able to create a myopia management plan that will help you or your child avoid serious eye health issues later in life.
What is Myopia Management?
Myopia management is a treatment program designed to slow down or stop the progression of myopia. The first step is to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam or pediatric eye exam at Coral Gables Eye Care in Coral Gables or Clarin Eye Care in Palmetto Bay. Our doctors will perform various tests to check your eyes or your child’s eyes, determine overall eye health, and screen for myopia. If myopia is diagnosed, your doctor will guide you through a treatment plan to correct the issue and prevent further progression of myopia.
Atropine Eye Drops
Your doctor may recommend the use of atropine eye drops to slow down the progression of myopia. Atropine eye drops cause the pupils to dilate and prevent the eyes from changing focus. Atropine eye drops are given at nighttime before bed. Children who are prescribed atropine drops to manage their myopia will still need to wear eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct their vision during the day.
Another method used to manage myopia is orthokeratology. Orthokeratology involves wearing customized gas permeable contact lenses overnight, while sleeping, to gently reshape the cornea, the front surface of the eye. In the morning, the patient removes the contact lenses and goes about their daily routine. Most patients report having clear vision during the day without the use of eyeglasses or contact lenses because the ortho-k gently reshaped their corneas during the night while sleeping. Orthokeratology may stop the eyeball shape from continuing to grow, which can slow or stop the progression of myopia, particularly when utilized at a young age.
Myopia Management in Coral Gables and Palmetto Bay
Interested in learning more about myopia management? Schedule an eye exam at Coral Gables Eye Care or Clarin Eye Care in Palmetto Bay and let us know if you are interested in myopia management. Our qualified staff will help you find the right solution for your needs and support you in your pursuit of optimal eye health.