If you struggle to clearly see people or objects at a distance, you can benefit from the myopia management services available at Mayo Family Eye Care LLC. Experienced optometrist Sabrina Mayo, OD, and our team provide comprehensive eye exams for children and adults to diagnose myopia in its earliest stages. We do not offer orthokeratology (ortho-k) but do provide other personalized myopia management services to improve your vision and prevent the condition from worsening as you get older.
Call our Exeter, New Hampshire, office to schedule a myopia management appointment or book a consultation online today.
What is myopia management?
Myopia (nearsightedness) is a refractive error that affects your ability to clearly see objects at a distance. The condition affects the vision of both adults and children. Typically, light enters your eye and focuses directly on the retina to give you clear vision. When you have myopia, the length of your eye is longer than usual, which causes light to focus on the front of your retina. Mayo Family Eye Care LLC offers personalized myopia management services to improve your vision and prevent unnecessary eye strain.
When do I need myopia management services?
Myopia often develops in childhood and continues to worsen as the eyes grow. Many teenagers experience worsening vision until their eyes stop growing around age 20. You or your child may benefit from the myopia management services at Mayo Family Eye Care LLC if you:
Can’t see the board in school
Squint when reading or watching television
Sit close to your computer screen
While myopia isn’t a harmful condition itself, it can increase the risk that you or your child will develop eye diseases later in life that can negatively affect your vision, including glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration.
What is involved in myopia management?
At Mayo Family Eye Care LLC, our team uses several strategies to manage myopia in kids and adults. We customize a management plan to your specific needs based on your age, symptoms, and overall eye health. Your myopia management plan may involve:
Glasses: Prescription glasses improve your vision and ensure your eyes are working together when focusing on objects at a distance. You or your child might also benefit from bifocal or multifocal lenses that help you see more clearly at different distances.
Contact Lenses: Contact lenses can provide a wider field of view than glasses can. They may also be a more convenient way to improve your vision if you play sports or engage in other activities where glasses may get in the way. A variety of contact lens styles and brands are available at Mayo Family Eye Care LLC, including soft lenses and specialty lenses.
Atropine Drops: One idea about myopia progression suggests a connection with eye strain. The added pressure on the eyes during strain can distort their shape. Atropine eye drops are created to prevent eye strain and promote muscle relaxation. Similar to the drops used for eye dilation but with a longer-lasting effect, Atropine keeps the pupil dilated throughout the day, preventing it from closing too tightly and restricting vision. This treatment has proven to be particularly successful in slowing down myopia progression in children.
MiSight: Specifically designed for our younger patients, MiSight contact lenses are an effective option to address myopia progression. These lenses contribute to the comprehensive myopia management services available at Mayo Family Eye Care LLC, providing a tailored approach to enhance vision and minimize the progression of myopia. MiSight is recommended for individuals between the ages of 8 and 12 years.
Call Mayo Family Eye Care LLC to schedule a myopia management consultation or book an appointment online today.