Put Life Back in Focus with Myopia Control
Most cases of myopia appear between the ages of 6 and 14, then level off when a person’s vision stabilizes in their early 20s. But myopia can also occur in adults, and an eye doctor should always control it to ensure the best possible outcomes.
San Clemente Optometry has numerous tools for correcting myopia in children, such as eyeglasses and contact lenses. We can also consult with you about potential strategies for correcting myopia in adults.
Myopia Explained: Causes & Common Effects
Myopia usually happens for one of two reasons: either the structure of the eye itself is too long, or the cornea’s curve is too great. In either case, incoming light focuses in front of the retina instead of directly on it, causing vision to blur when looking at distant objects.
Myopia can cause social and academic challenges for children, especially when it’s undiagnosed. 80% of what children learn takes place visually, but myopia can make it hard for them to focus on the board in classrooms or participate in sports and other activities. In some cases, undiagnosed childhood myopia may even be mislabeled as ADHD, creating additional confusion and making it harder to get the help they really need.
We screen for myopia during all of our children’s eye exams. If your child has myopia, we can help you understand the challenges they face and help develop a plan that could help.
Myopia symptoms can include:
- Difficulty seeing TV and movie screens.
- Squinting frequently to compensate for blurry distance vision.
- Headaches due to eye strain.
- Problems seeing clearly when driving at night (for adults).
Common Ways to Deal with Myopia
San Clemente Optometry works closely with each patient to find the most appropriate method for addressing their needs. Once we take some measurements to find out how severe the problem is, we may recommend one of the following options:
- Soft multifocal lenses can trigger the brain to inhibit eye growth using a principle called myopic defocus. We often recommend these lenses for controlling myopia in children, since kids usually find them comfortable and easy to use.
- Orthokeratology lenses change your cornea’s shape overnight so you can enjoy clear vision throughout the next day. Think of them like a retainer for your eyes.
Make Myopia Manageable
Getting an early diagnosis and making a plan to manage myopia with your eye doctor can help you avoid its severest effects. Contact us today and book an appointment for yourself or your children.