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Myopia Control Can Help Keep Your Prescription Low

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common vision condition. Myopia causes your eyes to lose clarity when focusing on distant objects in the distance but doesn’t affect your near vision.

Myopia can be detected early in children and can be properly managed with the help of your optometrist.

Causes of Myopia

Myopia is a refractive error that’s generally caused by the shape of your eye. Longer eyes are often myopic, and the symptoms of myopia may worsen as you age. Longer eyes shift the focal point of your eyes in front of your retina instead of on it, creating blurry distance vision.

Some research has shown that increased screen time may contribute to myopia. If left untreated, myopia can increase your chances of developing more serious eye problems in the future, including cataracts or a detached retina.

If you believe your child is starting to show symptoms of myopia, set up an appointment with your optometrist.

Myopia Control Methods at Richmond Hill Optometric Clinic

Luckily, myopia can be easily treated and managed. Depending on your unique vision needs, your optometrist may prescribe multifocal eyeglasses or multifocal contacts that can correct and improve your distant vision. Some of the methods we use include:

Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal contact lenses can help slow the progression of myopia as well as help prevent the eye from becoming more elongated.

Atropine Eye Drops

Atropine prescription eye drops can help control myopia by causing the eye muscles to relax temporarily.

Vision Therapy

Depending on the progression of your myopia symptoms, your optometrist may recommend the use of vision therapy techniques. For more information about vision therapy, please visit our Vision Therapy page.

  • Orthokeratology, or "ortho-k," is the process of reshaping the eye with specially-designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses. The goal of ortho-k is to flatten the front surface of the eye and thereby correct mild to moderate amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism.