Forsight Vision For Myopia Management
It’s more than an inconvenience; it’s a serious risk to your child’s vision. If your child’s prescription for nearsightedness (also called myopia) is getting worse all the time, it’s more than an inconvenience. Myopia can be aggressive. As incidence rates of myopia drastically rise, it’s also the case that aggressive or progressive myopia is rapidly increasing too. This situation is much worse than needing stronger and stronger corrective lenses, glasses or contacts. Myopia puts your child at risk for a wide range of serious and potentially devastating eye conditions later in life. These risks include Cataracts, Macular Degeneration, Retinal detachment and Glaucoma.
The more advanced the progression, the greater the risks associated with the Myopia. However, research now shows that any amount of myopia is dangerous.
At Forsight Vision, we specialize in providing the greater Long Grove, Illinois area with effective, specialized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or even halting myopia progression, long-term risks are reduced, to best ensure that your child enjoys seeing the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.
How to Diminish the Progression of Myopia
Well, there are a few different options that we usually employ:
One of which is the primary way to help with myopia progression is called corneal refractive therapy. That’s where you sleep with a hard contact lens at night and it corrects your vision while you sleep.
So, in a matter of 10 days to 2 weeks, the child (or adult for that matter) no longer needs to wear glasses or contacts during the day. The eyes wear the contact lenses at night and it corrects your vision while you sleep.
It reduces nearsightedness to up to 7 times – which is really phenomenal! I have a patient who just graduated college, and he has the exact same prescription as he had when he was in the fourth grade.
CRT has been FDA approved for about 17 years already. The lens itself was developed by NASA – so it’s a very breathable material. The risk of infection is extremely low and it’s quite comfortable. In fact, in our office we start seeing patients as early as 8 years old to reduce their near sight progression.
Frequently Asked Questions About Myopia
Myopia, also referred to as being nearsighted, is a condition where light from objects in the distance focuses in the front part of the eye instead of on the retina — where it should be focused. This causes distance vision to distort and become blurry. Myopia starts in childhood and progressively deteriorates into young adulthood.
Because myopia is very often progressive, distance vision continues to get worse and worse. This means your child constantly needs an updated stronger prescription and new glasses or contacts. The progression of myopia often outpaces your child’s eye exams. Since learning is most often presented in visual forms, progressive myopia negatively affects your child’s school performance. What’s more, the rate of progression of myopia directly correlates with the risk levels of developing vision-threatening eye diseases. Typically, myopia is broken down into these categories:
- High Myopia
- Moderate Myopia
- Low Myopia
High, moderate and low correspond to how far the myopia has progressed; in other words, how strong a prescription is needed. Therefore, the higher the rate of myopia and progression, the greater the risks to your child’s vision.
Myopic vision happens when the eye becomes elongated and overly-curved in the front. This causes the objects we see to become blurry at a distance. In short, the signals to our eyes get distorted.
The exact cause of myopia is not entirely clear, although it seems to be a combination of genetics and environment. More and more, the evidence is pointing to two factors which seem to greatly affect incidence rates around the world: greatly reduced time outdoors and rapidly increasing time spent in front of digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets.
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