The doctors at Eyecare Lawrence believe that with early intervention, we can provide options to manage or slow the progression of your child's myopia and therefore reduce their long-term eye health risks associated with myopia.
Currently, one-third of the US population has been diagnosed with myopia and it is thought that by 2050, 50% of the population will be myopic. As myopia increases the risk for eye diseases increases, such as retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. The goal of myopia management is to slow eye growth and reduce the associated risks.
There are 3 different therapies that have been studied and shown to slow the progression of myopia. The doctors at Drs. Dobbins & Letourneau Eye Care prescribe all 3 therapy options and can recommend which option might be best for your child.
Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses – a specifically designed soft contact lens, generally a disposable contact that is replaced daily.
Orthokeratology (Ortho K) – a specifically designed lens that is worn overnight and removed in the morning which allows for NO correction to be worn during the day.
Low dose atropine eye drops – an eye drop that is used nightly in each eye.
This is a brief overview of each therapy. More detailed information can be found on the website and in future blog posts. If you have any questions, please contact our office.
To discover your child's risk for myopia or the risk of progression, take this short survey. With only a few questions, it can estimate the level of risk of progressive myopia and what you can do to help them.
"I'm so happy I do not have to wear glasses anymore. After I got the hang of putting in and taking out the lenses, I've had no problems putting them in at night or taking them out in the morning. I put them in and go to sleep, it's so easy! I take them out in the morning and I can see good all day. "
"We are blown away by how the Ortho K therapy is working on our 9-year-old child in just a short amount of time. For us, it wasn't about Cade not wearing glasses anymore but the health of his eyes as he grows. Dr. Dennis and her staff are great at explaining everything to the patient as well as the parents. They are very patient and helpful as Cade learned how to put in his contacts. A couple of months into the therapy, Cade handles his contacts with ease and can put them in and take them out with no issues and he is seeing clear all day long. I am so glad we made the decision to do the Ortho K therapy. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is a candidate. "