What is Myopia?
Myopia is a condition of the eye that usually develops overtime, often in childhood, in which the eye elongates, causing blurry distance vision. Thanks to modern medicine, there exists successful treatments that can help halt or slow the undesired growth of the eye responsible for blurry vision. By addressing myopia at a young age through these treatments, we can also help prevent more serious ocular diseases such as degenerative myopia, glaucoma, and retinal tears or detachments.
Myopia Management Options
There are three different myopia management options offered by Dr. Jonathan Eck. If you are interested in finding out if you qualify for any of the myopia management options, please call us to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Eck at 913.341.3100 or contact us here.
Management with Atropine
Atropine was originally FDA approved for dilation. For the treatment of myopia, the atropine is professionally diluted by a compounding pharmacist in a sterile environment. When used nightly, the diluted atropine can be effective for slowing the progression of myopia in children by disabling the eye’s focusing mechanism.
Management with Soft Contacts
There are two options with soft contact lenses: quarterly replacement and daily replacement.
Soft contact lenses are meant to be worn daily to correct nearsightedness and slow the progression of myopia in children with healthy eyes. The lenses used in myopia control are multifocal contact lenses. These lenses have different powers in different zones of the lens.
Management with Ortho-K
Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K for short, is a non-surgical and reversible procedure in which custom-designed contact lens devices are used to gently reshape the cornea (front surface) of your eye. It is also known as Corneal Reshaping Technology (CRT) and lenses are worn while sleeping, giving you clear vision during the day without the aid of glasses or contact lenses.
For treatment of myopia, the lens produces a flatter central cornea, correcting nearsightedness by decreasing the power of the eye.