Myopia in Mississauga, ON

Myopia, another name for nearsightedness, is a common eye condition. In those under the age of 40, it’s the most common cause of impaired vision. If you’re looking for treatments that can slow the progression of myopia like low dose atropine, Misight contact lenses, and progressive spectacle lenses in Mississauga, ON, we have you covered at Complete Eyecare.

At Complete Eyecare in Mississauga, we’ve been operating for several years and treating people with different eye conditions. Myopia, however, has been growing in prevalence. Finding Ortho-K, Misight contact lenses, low dose atropine and progressive spectacle lenses near you can help control it. These treatments are often valuable in children in stopping the progression of myopia.

What Is Myopia?

Myopia is nearsightedness. Patients who suffer from myopia will have trouble reading distant signs and objects. Alternatively, they won’t experience trouble reading something up close like a book, newspaper, or computer. Myopia can also lead to headaches and fatigue. Without correction, our eyes will strain to try and read distant objects.

Myopia is a growing problem, and it is estimated that by 2050, almost half the population will have it. In children, myopia can be progressive. That’s why there are several options like Ortho-K, Misight contact lenses, low dose atropine and bifocal or progressive spectacle lenses to slow it down.

Myopia Progression

Myopia can be progressive in the sense that it can get worse as the child grows. Studies are ongoing to try and find ways to stop this progression. Low dose atropine is one of the ways that we can stop or slow down myopia progression. Recent studies have shown that low dose atropine is effective and has minimal side effects.

Misight lenses work differently from contact lenses but are also worn intermittently. Patients shouldn’t sleep with their Misight lenses. These lenses received FDA approval in 2019 after a 3-year study involving over 130 children between the ages of 8 and 12. Bifocal or progressive spectacle lenses are also being studied and might be effective in slowing down myopia progression.

Miyosmart Eye Glasses

Peripheral Defocus soft contact lenses or glasses can also slow myopia progression. This therapy is based on the idea that the eye is strained from accommodating to see close up and that by providing multiple focusing powers, that allows the eye to relax when doing near work. It reduces the progression of the refractive error. This treatment has been shown to delay or slow the advancement of myopia in some children.

MiSight Contact Lenses

MiSight Contact Lenses are a revolutionary new type of contact lens. Not only are these one-day soft contact lenses effective at slowing the progression of myopia; but they are also the first product on the market to receive FDA approval to slow the progression in children aged 8 to 12 by correcting vision deficiencies while helping to focus light properly into the eye to relieve myopia symptoms.

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Atropine Drops

Treatment with atropine drops is another therapy that is used to relax the eye from “focusing fatigue” which may be a culprit in myopia progression. Research is still being done but some studies show that daily use of low doses of atropine drops does slow the progression of myopia. Atropine drops dilate the pupil which temporarily prevents the eye from being able to focus, thereby allowing this mechanism to relax. Research is still being done to find proper dosages, but the results are promising.

If your child has progressive myopia, seek out a pediatric optometrist who is knowledgeable about the options available. Finding the right treatment could give your child the gift of better eyesight for life.
To know more about this treatment modality Book your appointment with Dr. Jani.
Dr. Jani is also a member of GCOMM Myopia Council and Brien Holden Vision Institute.

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