Myopia Control Clinic

Overview

Myopia significantly increases the risk of developing sight-threatening eye diseases later in life, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and macular degeneration. The higher your child’s myopia, the greater the risk. Although eyeglasses and standard contact lenses can correct a person’s vision, they do not treat the underlying cause of myopia or slow its progression. This is where myopia management comes in.

Treatment

At Polaris Eye & Laser, our doctors employ several different effective methods proven by clinical studies to control myopia progression. The most suitable option will be determined by your child’s age, prescription, eye shape and lifestyle. If you would like to enroll in the Myopia Control Clinic, or if you would like to learn more about it, please contact us.

Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT)

CRT, also known as orthokeratology (Ortho-k) is a specialty contact lens designed to be worn only at night: put in before bed and taken out in the morning. The lens gently presses on the front surface of the eye while you sleep. This nightly treatment flattens the cornea curvature to provide clear vision during the day without glasses or contacts.  More importantly, CRT has been shown to slow down or even stop the progression of a child’s myopia. An additional benefit is a reduced risk of developing serious ocular conditions and diseases later in life, such as macular degeneration and retinal detachment.

Soft Contact Lenses

MiSight® 1-day lenses are FDA-approved for myopia control. These customized soft contact lenses are designed to be worn during the day and removed each night. They have a special optical design to reduce myopia progression while providing clear vision during the day. This treatment allows children to be free from glasses all day while providing excellent comfort and vision for all their activities.

Atropine Eye Drops

Atropine is a prescription eye drop. When formulated to a specific concentration, it has shown to be very effective at reducing myopia progression. These drops are applied at night before bed, and the child wears glasses or contact lenses during the day. This treatment is excellent for younger children, especially those who are not ready to manage wearing contact lenses consistently. It also helps those showing a rapid progression of myopia.

Your HSA or FSA can be used for the Myopia Clinic. VSP may cover part of the cost for contact lens materials and your medical insurance may cover part of the cost for atropine.

Contact us today!

Schedule an appointment with us online or call us at (408) 358-3932.

You will receive the latest in eyecare technology from our friendly eye doctors and staff committed to serving you.