Myopia is a common vision condition that affects millions of people of all ages. Perhaps the best way to take steps for effectively controlling myopia is by detecting it early. Routine eye exams are essential for detecting eye conditions, providing timely treatment, and slowing their progression.
Researchers at the Brien Holden Vision Institute in Sydney, Australia, estimated that by 2050 4.8 billion people worldwide––nearly 50 percent of the global population––will be nearsighted. Yes, these numbers are staggering, but this doesn’t mean all hope is lost.
Kids and adults live every day with nearsightedness; the key is controlling the condition so patients can enjoy life to their fullest potential. Fortunately, your ophthalmologist can help you find the best treatment for your vision and eye health needs and lifestyle.
Managing Myopia for Healthier Eyes
There isn’t an outright cure for myopia, but your eye doctor can offer several treatment options to help slow the condition’s progression. These treatments induce changes in the eye’s structure and focusing mechanisms while reducing fatigue and stress on the eyes.
Controlling myopia helps manage levels of nearsightedness that may require corrective eyewear. Thick, corrective glasses have often been associated with eye issues in the future, including early cataracts or a detached retina.
There are four types of treatments for myopia:
#1 Atropine Eye Drops
Topical atropine eye drops often have effective but short-term results. These drops dilate the pupil and relax focusing mechanisms in the eyes. Atropine can also reduce eye pain.
#2 Multifocal Contact Lenses
Multifocal contact lenses can help correct myopia by targeting different zones of the eye. It can correct refractive errors and prevent ocular conditions, including glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment, and myopic maculopathy.
#3 Orthokeratology ("ortho-k")
Orthokeratology involves using specially-designed contact lenses worn during sleep. These lenses can slow myopia progression and temporarily correct nearsightedness, so patients don’t need to wear eyewear during waking hours. Essentially, ortho-k works by reshaping the cornea.
#4 Myopia Control Eyeglasses
These progressive lenses have multiple focusing powers that can improve a patient’s vision at varying distances. The different focusing powers blend, creating a smooth progression between nearsightedness and farsightedness correction.
Myopia Control Treatments in Burleigh Waters
If you or a loved one has myopia, please don’t hesitate to contact our eye clinic for treatment options. Andrew Bowden and our team can develop a personalised solution just for you.
We invite you to arrange your eye exam today.