Your Child’s Vision is Our Top Priority
Myopia is a vision problem that is common among children. It is a refractive error, usually referred to as nearsightedness. This condition causes objects in the distance to appear blurry, while closer objects remain sharp and clear.
At Pacific EyeCare Optometry, we’ve committed ourselves to slowing the progression of myopia and providing high-quality treatment to our youngest patients.
If you have concerns about myopia and your children, contact us today.
Breaking Down Myopia
Experts have not determined the exact cause of myopia, but it is suggested to be a combination of genetics and individual lifestyles. Myopia elongates your eye over time, affecting how light reaches the retina. This can result in distant objects appearing blurry or out of focus.
Children & Myopia
Our children’s eyes grow quickly throughout their early years. However, children often have a higher risk for myopia, which is common between the ages of 6 and 12.
A younger child who develops myopia has a higher chance of developing high myopia. High myopia can carry an increased risk of vision problems, including cataracts, glaucoma and retinal tears.
Myopia in children can be treated by slowing the rate of progression. At Pacific EyeCare Optometry, we offer personalized methods for controlling this condition.
Myopia Control for Children
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine drops have proven to be a successful method in slowing myopia progression in children. Although experts have not determined the exact reason behind this success, they have found that a low dose is most effective when the eyes are growing.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) Contact Lenses
Children as young as 6 have benefitted from Ortho-K contact lenses for controlling myopia progression. Ortho-K contact lenses are rigid contact lenses worn overnight to help guide the cornea into the ideal shape. This helps light focus on your child’s retina correctly, giving them clear, crips vision throughout the day without glasses or contact lenses.
Peripheral Defocus Contact Lenses
Children with myopia can wear peripheral defocus contact lenses. These are multifocal contact lenses with different rings of peripheral defocus. The center part of the lens clears distance vision, while the rings outside the center blurs the child’s peripheral vision. Blurring peripheral vision is thought to help slow eye growth, therefore limiting myopia.
We Can Help With Myopia
Experts are working hard to slow the progression of myopia in children. Although this condition is lifelong, the goal of treatment is to prevent this condition from worsening. There are safe, effective methods available to your family to help maintain your child’s vision health.
Contact us today and talk to us about your child’s vision. Let’s work together to discuss the best options and treatments for this condition.
Visit Us Today
Come and visit us in Los Angeles. You’ll find our practice on W. Washington Boulevard, between Laurent’s “Le” Coffee Shop and Choco Vivo Cafe, on the same block as the Brasil Brasil Cultural Center. We have metered parking right out front and rooftop parking you can access via Colonial Avenue!
- Phone: (310) 390-6287
- Email: [email protected]
- 12461 W. Washington Boulevard
- Los Angeles, CA 90066
- Monday: 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed