Myopia Control (Management) Services
- What is Myopia?
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a condition that is associated with blurred vision at a distance.
- How does it happen?
- Why should I fix it and how?
Increasing amounts of myopia is associated with an increased risk of sight-threatening eye diseases:
- Myopic Maculopathy
- Retinal Holes
- Retinal Tears
- Retinal Detachments
Vision Plus on Benson offers three programs for myopia managment.
- Atropine Program
- Brilliant Futures Myopia Management Program (MiSight)
- Ortho-k Management Program
Atropine ophthalmic is a long-term medication that causes pupillary dilation to reduce myopia progression in lower doses. The Atropine Program prescribes patients to use one drop per eye daily, in addition to wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses during the day.
Studies have shown that with low doeses of Atropine ophthalmic, myopia progression has reduced by 50%. The Atropine program is considered the best solution for younger children who are too young for other myopia programs (i.e. Orthokeatology or multifocal/MiSight contact lenses).
Brilliant Futures/MiSight Program
MiSight^R 1 day contact lenses are the only FDA approved soft daily contact lenses to solow the progression of myopia in children, aged 8-12 at the initiation of reatment.
MiSight contact lenses have an optic zone concentric ring design with alternating vision correction and treatment zones. Two zones are vision correction zones with the label power of the contact lens, and the alternating two zones are treatment zones with 2 diopters of defocus to slow the progression of myopia. Reduction of myopia progression is expected, not guaranteed.
Ortho-k Management Program
Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, are specially designed oxygen permeable therapeutic contact lenses. Ortho-k is a sophisticated non-surgical process that temporarily reshapes the cornea overnight. During the day, patients are to remove their conact lenses and go about their day without any other vision correction.