Research shows that children who spend more time reading, using screens, and performing near work, have higher cases of being nearsighted. At Urias Eyecare in Midland, TX, our optometrist is one of the few optometrists in the area specializing in treating myopia progression in children. Our optometrist will evaluate your child’s vision to determine whether or not they are suffering from myopia and provide treatment accordingly.
Advancements in technology have made preventing myopia progression more effective than ever. We offer orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, which are special contact lenses worn overnight. These lenses gently reshape the cornea, allowing the patient to see during the day without corrective lenses.
After some time, the child can begin to see long distances again. If a person stops wearing these at night, nearsightedness can reoccur. Our optometrist will know for how much, how long, and how often after the vision is corrected that these will need to be worn.
Low Dosage Eye Drops
In higher dosages, Atropine drops are used to dilate the eyes for an eye exam. When given in very weak doses, Atropine drops allow the eye's surface to relax. Using these drops morning and night helps keep the eye's cornea from consistently straining and over-focusing to see. It also can help reduce eye strain if that's been a factor in blurry vision.
Multifocal Lenses (Glasses and Contacts)
Glasses and contact lenses with more than one focal point are called multifocal. When focusing vision through one part of the glasses, you can see more clearly at long distances. When focusing on a different spot, you can see better up close. We have specialized contact lenses for children that also correct a child's peripheral vision. Corrective contact lenses are an option for some children who would prefer not to wear glasses. Our eye doctor will assess your child’s condition and provide them with the most effective possible myopia treatment methods.
Pediatric Eye Care in Midland and Odessa
At Urias Eyecare, we have years of experience providing residents of Midland and Odessa with reliable eye care services. Keeping your child’s vision sharp will enhance their performance in school, on the field, and dramatically increase the quality of their life. For more information on how our optometrist deals with nearsightedness or to schedule an appointment, call us today at (432) 368-4102.