Welcome to Professional VisionCare Myopia Control

Thank you for visiting our website about myopia control.  We hope it serves as a valuable tool for understanding childhood myopia, risks of high myopia in adulthood, and what can be done now to prevent your child's vision from worsening.  


Myopia Facts

What is it?

Myopia (or nearsightedness) is blurry distance vision as a result of the eye's focal power being too strong.  Near objects are often clear within a certain range. Myopia is not just a problem of the eye’s focal power. It is often associated with eyesight threatening disease.  Research shows the prevalence of myopia among school age children is growing at an alarming rate.  This means an increasing number of people are at risk for severe vision impairment in late adulthood.

What causes myopia?

Myopia is caused by a mixture of genetic and environmental factors, which lead to an elongation of the length of the eyeball (in millimeters).  A child's risk of developing myopia increases if one or both parents are myopic. Other than genetics, too little exposure to outdoor light, excessive time doing near vision tasks, and eye posture and focusing ability all play a part in progressive myopia.


Click here to assess your child's risk of developing myopia.

Myopia increases the risk of eye disease including...

Cataracts

Cataracts tend to develop earlier in highly myopic eyes.  Furthermore, when it comes time for cataract surgery, the risk of post operative complications is greater in highly myopic eyes. 

Glaucoma

Myopic eyes are more elongated, creating an overall stretched out retina with greater propensity for mechanical and oxidative stress on the nerve fibers at the optic nerve.  This can lead to glaucomatous damage, even with normal levels of eye pressure.

Myopic maculopathy

Retinal stretching at the macula from high myopia causes various degenerative changes which can lead to myopic maculopathy.  This causes central vision impairment. 

Retinal Detachment

Since the retina in highly myopic eyes is more stretched out, there is a higher risk of retinal thinning, holes and tears in the periphery.  If left untreated, they can lead to retinal detachment.  

The higher the myopia, the greater the risk of myopia-related eye disease.

Although we cannot modify genetics, we can slow down (and in some cases stop) the progression of myopia by how we use our eyes, and what we prescribe to correct vision.


What can we prescribe to reduce or stop myopia progression?

Bifocal soft contact lenses

These soft contact lenses create optical blur outside the central retina, which reduces the stimulus for eye elongation, and slows or stops the progression of myopia.

Corneal Refractive Therapy (Orthokeratology)

These rigid contact lenses gently reshape the front surface of the eye while you sleep.  Learn more here.

Bifocal glasses or Progressive Addition Lenses (PAL)

The reading portion of the lens creates optical blur on half of the retina, reducing the stimulus for eye elongation. While this is not as effective as the other myopia management options, it still offers some slowing of myopia progression, and some myopia control is better than none.  

Atropine eye drops

These non-commercial, pharmaceutical eye drops dilate the pupil and completely relax the eyes' focusing mechanism.  Research suggests nearsightedness in children may be linked to too much near work. 

What else can I have my child do?

Spend more time outdoors

Research suggests that at least 1.5 hours of time spent outdoors daily can have a significant impact on slowing down myopia progression or delaying myopia onset.

Limit the amount of near work

Avoiding all near work is impossible, but limiting the amount of time spent in front of digital devices (especially when not associated with school work) may help slow down myopia progression.  In addition, taking frequent breaks to look at distance objects during concentrated near work is beneficial as well.

Together we can determine the best treatment plan

To schedule an appointment, please give us a call during our business hours. 

Professional VisionCare Associates

14607 Ventura Blvd, Sherman Oaks, California 91403, United States

(818) 789-3311

Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 5:30pm

Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Saturday: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Sunday: Closed