Myopia Control and Orthokeratology

At Acuity Vision Care, we see many children and teenagers whose prescriptions change drastically over a period of 9-12 months. This is especially true if they have had a big growth spurt right before their eye exam. We see concerned parents who get worried that their child has to wear a stronger prescription. Many ask what can they do to stop it? I have parents who are concerned about their children watching too much TV. Likewise parents who wish their kids would use less electronic devices. Surely the use of electronic devices and near task reading has a direct impact on how quick the prescription changes. However, what can kids and parents do when the environment we live in requires us to be in front of electronics all day!

Schools now require kids to do their homework on electronic devices. Kids have to use the Internet for their projects and researches. In most schools, classroom reading and teaching is done on electronics. As a result parents are unable to control electronic use with their kids. We can however, control the progression of nearsightedness or myopia. Orthokeratology is one of the most effective ways for myopia control.

Researchers predict that by year 2050, 50% of the world’s population will be nearsighted. This is very alarming! They also predict that by 2050, myopia will be the leading cause of blindness. Having high myopia can result in retinal abnormalities such as retinal detachment. In addition it can cause glaucoma, cataract and etc. It is therefore very essential that we try to prevent or at least slow down its’ progression. In my opinion as soon as there are signs of nearsightedness in a child, myopia control and orthokeratology should intervene. In 90% of our patients who have done orthokeratology, we have been able to control their myopia from getting worse. To sum up, myopia control with orthokeratology is safe and it works. Please contact our office to find out more about myopia control.