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Myopia Control Treatment Options for Kids

Today Myopia or nearsightedness is an increasing concern among kids. It is a common ophthalmic disorder in which distant objects appear blurry. This refractive error occurs when the eye lens becomes too convex or curved, or the eyeball’s depth increases. It often starts between the ages of 6 and 14. This blog discusses various treatment options for Myopia treatment.

Symptoms of Myopia

The symptoms of Myopia are as follows:

  • Headache
  • Squinting and eye strain
  • Need to sit near the television or the blackboard in class
  • Eye fatigue while trying to see distant objects

Myopia control treatment  

Atropine eye drops

Atropine eye drops effectively slow the progression of Myopia. Atropine is a prescription drug that dilates the pupil and contracts the iris, therefore altering the amount of light that enters the eye and enhancing nearsightedness. At Mahaveer Eye Speciality, we recommend low-dose atropine drops for children between 5 and 18 years old. 

Contact lenses

The two types of therapeutic contact lenses that control myopia progression are multifocal lenses and orthokeratology night-time lenses.

Peripheral defocus contact lenses. 

This is a special type of multifocal contact lens that consists of different areas of focus. The centre of this lens corrects blurry distance vision while the outer portion defocuses the peripheral/side vision of the child. Blurring the side vision slows the eye growth, eventually controlling Myopia. This is recommended for children who are of 6-12 years of age with Myopia. 

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K)

Orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, is a treatment that can reverse Myopia completely. This technique involves using gas-permeable contact lenses that the child has to wear while asleep and remove after waking. These lenses flatten your cornea and correct low- to-moderate amounts of Myopia. But if these lenses are not worn regularly, the cornea slowly returns to its curved shape, and Myopia relapses.

 

Computerized patching

Computerized patching is an effective way that involves using computer-generated images for Myopia treatment. It is a popular technique because it doesn’t require the use of ophthalmic lenses to make up for the lack of peripheral vision.

Laser Surgery

Laser surgery for myopia treatment is a type of refraction surgery to correct nearsightedness or farsightedness. In this procedure, laser light is directed through an eye lens to a thin curved mirror. This mirror focuses the light on a different location, correcting the eye’s refraction.

Mahaveer Eye Speciality is one of the best eye hospitals in Pune. Our clinic is state-of-art, and with the use of cutting-edge technology, we aim to provide the best eye care for children. To this date, we have helped hundreds of children overcome Myopia and other eye conditions. So if you are looking for a hospital to treat your child’s eye condition or simply an eye check-up, book an appointment with us today!.  

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