Controlling Myopia Early
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a common refractive error that makes it difficult to see distant objects clearly. The issue normally starts in childhood and progresses until the eye stabilizes (around age 20). Myopia affects nearly 30% of Canadians.
If proper myopia control methods aren’t used early, children can end up with a high prescription when they’re older. During a child’s eye exam, we may recommend myopia control to help prevent this higher prescription.
At Total Focus Optometry, we offer multiple myopia control methods to best fit your child’s comfort.
What is Myopia?
In an eye unaffected by myopia, the light that enters the eye is focused directly on the retina. This direct focus helps the brain interpret information correctly and creates a clear image. Myopia, however, causes the light entering the eye to focus in front of the retina.
Light is focused in front of the retina if the cornea is too curved or an elongated eyeball. If not controlled, the eye can continue to become more misshapen, causing a higher prescription. Proper myopia control helps to stabilize the eye’s changes.
- Blurred vision when looking at distant objects
- Squinting or partially closing eyelids
- Headaches caused by eyestrain
- Difficulty seeing while driving (especially at night)
Myopia Control Methods
At Total Focus Optometry, we offer multiple myopia control methods to help slow the progression. Our selection is designed to fit multiple lifestyles and be easy to use, especially for kids.
MiSight Contact Lenses
MiSight 1 day contact lenses are designed specifically for children. The lenses are easy to use and can be thrown out after a day of wear. While wearing MiSight, children can enjoy clearer vision and parents can relax knowing the progression of myopia is being minimized.
Miyosmart Glasses Lenses
Miyosmart glasses lenses are proven to slow the progression of myopia by 60%. The lenses also fit into regular glasses frames and don’t limit your child’s selection at all. In addition to offering clearer vision, Miyosmart lenses are anti-reflective, easy to clean, and are durable.
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine eye drops are easy-to-use eye drops that may be used in addition to glasses or contact lenses. The eye drops are normally used at night on a regular basis. While the drops can’t completely reverse myopia, they can slow its progression.
Start Myopia Control Today
We may recommend myopia control for your child during their eye exam. Starting this control early is important, as it helps limit the potential for a higher prescription later in life.
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Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed