OFFICE   541 382-5701

Integrated Eyecare of Bend, Oregon

Myopia Control Therapy

Why do we care about slowing the progression of myopia?

Why do we CARE about slowing the progression of myopia?

  • As the myopic prescription increases so does your child’s dependence on glasses or contacts (i.e. you need glasses just to see the alarm clock in the morning).
  • Myopia also increases your chance of developing ocular diseases like early cataracts, glaucoma and/or a retinal detachment.

Myopia (Nearsightedness) is the most common vision condition in children and adults. It develops due to the eyeball being too long and/or too powerful. Visually, this results in objects at near appearing clear but objects in the distance appearing blurry.

The doctors at INTEGRATED EYECARE take a comprehensive approach to managing myopia in children. We can now do more than simply correct your child’s vision. While currently, there is no cure for myopia, we are often able to fit your child into a daily soft contact lens to prevent their prescription from advancing. In fact, with the help of new technology and speciality contacts we can slow progression of myopia by more than 50%! 

For some parents being highly nearsighted might be all too familiar but for those lucky enough to not be nearsighted, check out this myopia simulator to better understand what it is like to be nearsighted.

​Risk Factors for Myopia Progression:

  • Current Spectacle Prescription
  • Time Spent Reading or Doing Near Work
  • Family History of Myopia
  • Time Spent Indoors 
  • Ocular Posture (Esophoria / Convergence excess)

The Growing Prevalence of Myopia: 

Your child is NOT alone. Myopia is on the rise around the world and experts currently project that by 2050, close to 50% of the global population will be myopic.

Is my child old enough to wear contact lenses?

Some parents may wonder if their child is ready to manage contact lenses. Our one-on-one contact lens training class will teach your child how to safely insert and remove their contacts as well as how to properly care for them. Additionally, often we are able to prescribe a daily soft contact lens which not only offers significant eye health and convenience benefits but allows your child to simply wear the lens once and then throw it away. Frequently, we find children adapt to wearing and handling lenses faster than adults. 

How does it work? 
Traditional glasses and contact lenses help to focus light on the macula, the part of the eye responsible for your central detailed vision. This results in clear vision. The problem with traditional glasses and contact lenses is that they cause peripheral light rays to defocus behind the eye. Researchers believe this stimulates the eye to grow, leading to a stronger spectacle and contact lens prescription. The contact lenses used in myopia control therapy still focus light onto the macula resulting in clear vision. However, by utilizing different optical properties the contact lenses are able to cause peripheral light rays to defocus in front of the eye. As a result the eye is NOT stimulated to grow and myopic progression is slowed. 

To learn more about myopia and myopia control therapy we recommend the following website:  My Kids Vision.
​Please call (541)382-5701 to schedule an eye exam and find out if myopia control therapy is a good option for your child. 

Myopia Control Therapy not only helps your child to see their best but simultaneously helps to protect your child’s prescription from future growth! 

At  Integrated Eyecare we are proud to offer 3 innovative dual-focus contact lenses to provide the best Myopia Control Therapy for your child: 

  • MiSight 1 Day® Soft Contact Lens 
  • Soft Multifocal Contact Lens
  • SpecialEyes® Soft Contact Lens 

Your eye doctor will choose the best contact lens option based on your child’s current spectacle prescription & unique eye shape.

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