Support Your Child’s Vision and Eye Health with Kids’ Optometry Services for Myopia Control
When children are faced with vision issues and threats to eye health, pediatric eye care, and kids’ optometry become a primary focus. Carmel, Indiana pediatric eye care from Little Eyes optometry clinic supports kids’ eye and vision health with a range of options to slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) and the need for stronger and stronger prescriptions.
Some of the top solutions for Carmel children’s optometry needs include myopia control measures such as orthokeratology (Ortho-K), soft multifocal contact lenses, and atropine eye drops.
Orthokeratology, also called Ortho-K or Corneal Refractive Therapy, is a revolutionary way to reshape the eye’s frontal surface to help reduce and minimize dependence on a prescription solution. This gentle vision shaping treatment involves the wearing of a retainer lens that is custom made to your child’s eye specifications.
The retainer lens is worn while the child sleeps and gently reshapes the cornea. In many cases, the child wakes up with 20/20 vision. Wearing an eye retainer nightly also slows the progression of nearsightedness to reduce yearly prescription changes for this issue.
Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses
Another viable and effective option for myopia control in children is soft multifocal contact lenses. These disposable lenses are worn during waking hours for vision correction. While they do not have the reversing effect of orthokeratology, they can reduce myopia progression by nearly 50 percent in most children.
Multifocal soft contact lenses offer the best of all worlds: the correction of both distance and close vision, slowed myopia progression, and no need to wear glasses. Multifocal contact lenses work like progressive eyeglass lenses, featuring a smooth, gradual change in the lens prescription from the close vision prescription to the one needed for distance. The fact that they are disposable ensures safety and cleanliness.
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine is a topical eye drop that is effective in stopping or dramatically slowing myopia progression. It is offered in low concentrations of 0.001% to ensure that it is safe for use with children. Atropine eye drops are administered nightly and available by prescription from your Carmel pediatric eye care specialist.
Low dose atropine drops like the ones offered by Little Eyes do not have the risk of side effects that can sometimes be associated with atropine eye drops (pupil dilation, blurred near vision, and sensitivity to light.) Follow up appointments will help to ensure that low concentration 0.001% atropine eye drops are slowing myopia progression in your child with few, if any, side effects.
Vision health and development is crucial to so many other areas of life – learning, doing well in school, and enjoying a high quality of life. Children diagnosed with myopia at a young age could face progressively worse prescriptions into their teen years and adulthood.
Fortunately, there are proven ways to slow its progression. Contact our Carmel pediatric eye care specialists to learn more about myopia control solutions such as orthokeratology (Ortho-K), soft multifocal contact lenses, and atropine 0.001% eye drops.
Dr. Schuetz has helped us through vision issues since my son was 7. Couldn’t imagine going anywhere else. She has been supportive and knowledgeable throughout the whole process. Best of all, my boys aren’t afraid to go to the eye doctor because she makes them feel at ease.Jenine E