Myopia Control in Eagle Mountain

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A Growing Concern

Myopia is on the rise in the United States. Almost half of Americans currently have myopia, and it is a serious public health threat worldwide.

The condition is also known as nearsightedness. It causes near objects to appear clear while far-away objects are blurry or fuzzy. 

High degrees of myopia significantly increases the risks of glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and severe vision impairment later on in life.

It is important to identify myopia in children at an early age—the earlier myopia occurs, the more likely it is to become high myopia. We cannot cure myopia, but we can correct it in adults and control it in children. 

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What Is Myopia?

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long or the cornea is too curved. The axial elongation of the eye causes light to focus on the wrong part of the retina, creating blur in faraway objects.

We monitor axial length with the Aladdin-M from Topcon Healthcare. It helps us to establish a baseline of the eye’s size and track any changes that indicate myopia is worsening.

There is no definitive answer as to why myopia develops, but if a parent has the condition, children are more likely to develop it. The prevalence of indoor activity and screen use is also thought to cause myopia progression, which could explain why the condition is increasing.

Studies show that when children spend more time outdoors, it slows the progression of myopia and can delay the onset of the condition. Playing outside is important for the overall health of children, and we certainly recommend physical activity and outdoor time.

Regular, comprehensive eye examinations for children are important too. By assessing your child’s eyes, we can determine the presence of myopia and control it before it impacts their ocular health.

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Methods of Myopia Control

After a comprehensive eye examination, if we determine that your child has myopia, we can offer methods of controlling the condition. 

MiSight Contact Lenses

CooperVision’s MiSight contact lenses have been shown to slow myopia progression in children by up to 59%. These soft, daily contact lenses are easy for children to use and are suitable for kids as young as 8 years of age.

MiSight lenses use peripheral defocus technology to prevent the eyes from growing longer.

Atropine has been shown to reduce the progression of myopia by disabling the focusing mechanism. This low-dose medication is applied to the eyes in the form of drops.

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  • 4408 East Pony Express Parkway, Suite A
  • Eagle Mountain, UT 84005

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