Early myopia intervention can help your child's vision now and reduce their lifetime risk of serious eye disease. At Smoky Hill Eye Care, we specialize in treatments to prevent, help slow, or even stop your child's vision from getting worse, including options that may allow your child to be free of glasses and contact lenses all day.
Researchers believe that the environment kids grow up in today, with too many near visual activities (like reading and digital device use) and lack of outdoor play is contributing to the rapid increase in childhood myopia. While glasses and contact lenses compensate for a child's blurry distance vision, they do not stop your child's vision from continuing to deteriorate. As children grow, myopia often develops as they reach school age and typically gets worse through school age years.
Why Myopia Matters
Clinical studies show there is more to worry about with myopic eyes than the inconvenience of glasses. Scientific evidence has proven that myopic children are more vulnerable to a range of sight-threatening diseases and complications in the future.
Myopia is usually caused by an eye growing too long. Children with even a low amount of myopia have a four times greater risk of retinal detachment in their lifetime than people without myopia. For those with moderate to severe myopia, the risk increases ten times. Other myopia risks include glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Myopia Can Be Managed
The dangers of myopia, in conjunction with the normal challenges of poor vision, mean it is important for parents of myopic children to manage the condition as part of your child's eye health. The goal of myopia management is to slow or even stop the progression of myopia and reduce its impact on your child's life. The younger myopia management begins, the more effective the treatment.
We are excited at Smoky Hill Eye Care to provide myopia management for children. This revolutionary system, designed to treat your child's myopia and significantly reduce the threat of more serious eye disease, means you don't have to watch every year as your child's vision gets worse.
Schedule an appointment today and one of our doctors will evaluate your child's vision and make a customized treatment plan to slow or even stop myopia from progressing.
How It Works
Our doctors use state of the art equipment to develop a personalized treatment plan for your child. Our non-invasive treatments include customized contact lenses and special prescription eye drops. Data shows a 78% decrease in the progression of myopia vs no treatment. At your initial consultation, your doctor will determine the treatment that will work best for your child.