Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a prevalent eye condition in which the eye does not bend light properly to a single focus. This causes distant objects to appear blurred while nearby objects remain clear. Myopia typically develops in children and then progresses into adulthood.
Although there currently is no “cure” for myopia, proper treatment and management are effective in maintaining clear vision and healthy eyes. We offer a number of treatments that can control myopia and slow its progression in children and young adults. These treatments can induce changes in the eye’s structure and focusing system to prevent the eye from elongating further, reducing stress and fatigue.
Myopia is caused when the eyeball is too long relative to the focusing power of the cornea and lens of the eye.
Over the past few decades, myopia has seen a dramatic increase in cases amongst Canadians. While there is no definitive cause for this increase, most eye doctors and researchers believe that the increased use of computers and digital devices is a major contributor.
As mentioned earlier, if you are nearsighted, you will have difficulty seeing distant objects clearly. In addition to this symptom, you may also experience:
Atropine is an ophthalmic eye drop used to dilate the pupil and completely relax the eyes’ focusing system. Studies indicate that low dose atropine (0.01%) may slow myopia progression. The low concentration shows a minimal effect on pupil dilation, causing light sensitivity and trouble focusing at near.
Multifocal lenses are special contact lenses designed to correct nearsightedness (or farsightedness) as well as presbyopia using different powers in different zones of the lens. These lenses are effective in slowing myopia progression by creating peripheral blur to slow eye growth.
Orthokeratology or Ortho-K lenses are custom-designed rigid contact lenses which are worn overnight to temporarily correct myopia. The lenses reshape the cornea as you sleep so that glasses and contact lenses aren’t needed during waking hours.
Evidence suggests that Ortho-K is an effective method to reduce and slow myopia progression in kids. Ortho-K lenses are a non-surgical, completely reversible treatment option.
Much like the contact lenses, multifocal eyeglasses use specially designed corrective lenses to significantly reduce strain associated with focusing.
Our office is part of the Cranston Market Clinic and is just two minutes off of Deerfoot Trail. Vivid Eye Care is in the same plaza as the Sobey’s and Scotiabank.