Focusing on Your Child’s Visual Health
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a refractive error, resulting in distant objects appearing out-of-focus and closer objects appearing sharp and clear.
Myopia has become more prevalent in children, and at Total Vision Lake Elsinore, we are dedicated to slowing its progression by providing personalized treatment. Reach out to our team if you have any concerns about your child’s vision and myopia.
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia occurs when the eye grows longer than average from front to back, or if the cornea curves too steeply. These conditions can affect how light reaches the retina.
Although experts haven’t found the exact cause of myopia, research suggests it may be a combination of individual lifestyle and genetics.
Our Children & Myopia
Our children’s eyes grow right alongside them as they pass through each stage of childhood. Myopia typically develops between the ages of 6 and 12 and worsens until adulthood, when the eyes stop growing.
If your child has myopia, they have an increased risk of developing vision problems like cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal tears. Our optometrists can provide treatment to prevent their condition from worsening.
Parents should watch for symptoms of myopia, like:
- Persistent squinting
- A need to sit closer to a screen or the front of the classroom
- Seeming unaware of distant objects
- Excessive blinking
- Constant eye rubbing
Myopia Control Methods
Our practice offers a wide variety of treatment methods for controlling myopia in children.
Atropine Eye Drops
Low-dose atropine drops can be an effective treatment to help slow myopia progression in children. Experts have concluded that this method works while the eyes are still growing.
Corneal Reshaping Contact Lenses
Corneal reshaping contact lenses are rigid contact lenses that can be worn overnight. These lenses gently guide the cornea into an ideal shape, allowing light to focus on the child’s retina correctly.
This method has been known to reduce myopia progression in children by 36–56%, often offering clear vision throughout the day without eyeglasses.
Peripheral Defocus Contact Lenses
Peripheral defocus contact lenses are multifocal contact lenses with different rings of peripheral defocus. The center part of the lens provides clear distance vision, while the rings outside of the center blur the peripheral.
Experts suggest that blurring peripheral vision can slow the growth of children’s eyes, thereby slowing the progression of myopia.
Healthy Eyes Are Happy Eyes
Myopia is a lifelong condition, but many safe and effective treatments are available to help maintain your child’s visual health into adulthood. Total Vision Lake Elsinore will provide clear details about each treatment option, and ensure that your child’s eyesight stays happy and healthy.
Reach out to us for more details about myopia and how it can affect your child.
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Visit Us Today
Our practice is in the Lake Elsinore Town Center shopping plaza between the Threading Lounge and Union Acupuncture Clinic. We offer plenty of parking with accessible options out front.
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- 32245 Mission Trail, Suite D4
- Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed