Perspective Family Eyecare
Optometry located in Crown Heights & Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY
Nearsightedness, medically referred to as myopia, is generally first diagnosed during childhood and may progressively get worse as the eye grows and develops. Myopia control is a treatment aimed at slowing the progression of myopia. Benjamin Arthur, OD, at Perspective Family Eyecare in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Flatbush, Brooklyn, New York, specializes in myopia control and is one of only a few practices certified with Paragon CRT® (corneal refractive therapy) to provide myopia control services. To learn more about myopia control, call the office or request an appointment online today.
Myopia Control Q & A
What is myopia?
Myopia is the medical term used to describe nearsightedness, which indicates that you can see objects clearly when close up, but not when far away. Abnormalities in the shape of the eye cause myopia.
It’s estimated that as many as 30% of people in the United States have myopia. This common vision condition usually first presents during childhood and may progressively get worse as the child’s eye grows.
People with high myopia, which refers to severe nearsightedness, are at greater risk of developing eye conditions such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, or cataracts. Myopia control may reduce the risk of developing these eye conditions.
What is myopia control?
Myopia control refers to treatments aimed at preventing the progression of myopia in children. Dr. Arthur specializes in myopia control and provides advanced treatments to improve eye health and reduce the risk of more serious eye conditions.
What are some of the therapies used for myopia control?
There are numerous therapies used for myopia control. These include:
Atropine eye drops
Atropine eye drops are typically prescribed to reduce eye inflammation. When used for myopia control, the eye drops help dilate the pupil to temporarily limit focus fatigue, which may help prevent the progression of myopia.
Multifocal eyeglass or contact lenses
Multifocal lenses are typically prescribed to improve vision for people with a refractive eye condition, such as nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism, who also have presbyopia. Presbyopia tends to develop as you get older and makes it difficult to focus on objects.
For myopia, the multifocal lenses may help slow down the vision changes. Studies indicate that multifocal contact lenses work better than multifocal glasses.
Ortho-k is an eye treatment aimed at reshaping the eye. During treatment, you wear special contact lenses while you sleep, which temporarily reshapes your eye and corrects vision during the day.
Dr. Arthur uses Paragon CRT contact lenses for ortho-k treatments. Perspective Family Eyecare is one of only a few practices certified to use these advanced corneal corrective lenses for myopia control services.
Dr. Arthur works closely with you to develop the most effective myopia control treatment plan to help improve your vision and future eye health. Ortho-k is also effective in controlling myopia in children.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Arthur to discuss myopia control, call Perspective Family Eyecare or use the online booking tool to request an appointment today.