What Are The Options For Myopia Management?
Dr Cuba will discuss your best option for Myopia management or we could try different ones until we reach the results we want, they could be:
- Atropine Eye Drops
Low doses of atropine eye drops can potentially reduce focusing fatigue (and therefore, myopia) by relaxing the eye’s focusing mechanism. This is the last option due to comfort and side effects but still one of the strongest options for Myopia reduction and can not be disregarded.
- Multifocal Lenses
Multifocal lenses, which contain more than one prescription within the lens, can slow myopia progression for some children by refocusing light on the retina. Both multifocal glasses and contacts are available. We usually start with this option if parents want their kids to start using contacts at early age.
Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, are gas-permeable contact lenses that reshape your child’s cornea. Your child wears ortho-k lenses overnight, which creates a temporary improvement allowing them to see without glasses during the day. Consistent ortho-k use can reduce eye elongation and may thus control myopia progression long-term.
- Daily Disposable Contacts
The FDA recently cleared the first soft contact lens for myopia management. These lenses correct your child’s refractive error while reducing eye elongation using a patented lens technology.
- Glasses for Myopia Management
New products emerge to the market every year with better options for special glasses for managing myopia such progressives, dual powers and sometimes blended bifocals since we understand contacts sometimes may have side effects and glasses are also a good option for the management of myopia.