Parents, did you know that you could help significantly reduce the chance of your child developing blinding eye conditions due to near-sightedness?
What is Nearsightedness?
Near-sightedness, called myopia, is when objects are clear up close but blurry in the distance with one or both eyes. It is a result of abnormal lengthening of the eye. This lengthening process causes structures in the eye to stretch and change beyond what is natural for the eye’s anatomy. These changes have been shown repeatedly in studies to significantly increase the risk of blinding eye conditions.
Long-term Risks of Children with High Myopia
- 5x the risk of early cataracts
- 14x the risk of glaucoma
- 22x the risk of retinal detachments
- 41x the risk of maculopathy
The effects of near-sightedness, or myopia, are not simply alleviated through glasses or contact lenses. With or without glasses or contact lenses, myopia typically progresses throughout the growth of the child and usually stabilizes after teenage years.
How Can I Help My Child?
Orthokeratology is an FDA approved contact lens that helps slow the abnormal growth of the eye through a process called myopia control. Over the last 10 years, orthokeratology has been shown in scientific studies to decrease myopia progression by 40-50%. This volume of myopia reduction will significantly decrease your child’s risk of developing the blinding eye conditions associated with high levels of myopia.
The orthokeratology contact lens is worn only while sleeping and is specifically approved for safe overnight wear. At Studio 20/20, we primarily utilize the Paragon CRT lens, as it’s safety and effectiveness has been extensively studied.
How Does Orthokeratology Work?
The orthokeratology contact lens gently changes the shape of the cornea, the clear part of the eye that the contact lens rests on. The new cornea shape changes the way light enters the eye. The light will be directed towards the retina so the child can see clearly without glasses or contact lenses throughout the day as long as the contact lens is worn throughout the night. The manipulation of light through the new cornea shape also decreases the stimulus of the eye to abnormally grow. These corneal changes are completely reversible, should the treatment be discontinued.
In addition to the benefits of slowing the abnormal growth of the eye and allowing the child to see great without glasses or contact lenses during the day, it allows parents to have the orthokeratology lenses stay in a safe environment at home.
Is My Child a Candidate for Orthokeratology?
Our doctors are accepting patients daily to determine candidacy! There are no age restrictions for myopia control. Children as young as five or six can begin therapy. Even patients who simply want to be free from glasses during the day could be candidates, as well. Give us a call to schedule your child an appointment that could positively impact their long-term eye health.
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