Myopia Control in Modesto

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Myopia Control in Modesto

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common refractive error that affects nearly 30% of Americans. Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long, or the cornea is too steep, making distant objects appear blurry while close objects remain clear.

What Causes Myopia?

The exact cause of myopia is unknown, but research is ongoing. Current theories suggest that myopia develops as a combination of genetics, too much close-up work, and too much time indoors.

Myopia research is significant for finding solutions to high myopia. High myopia occurs when a person’s myopia needs -5 diopters or more of correction. For clarity, a “diopter” is the unit used to measure the amount of correction you need in your eyeglasses to help you see.

This level of high myopia puts an individual at an increased risk of developing sight-threatening conditions, like:

Symptoms of Myopia

Myopia commonly develops while the eye is growing and can progress until about the age of 20. Myopia generally first occurs in school-aged children. Because children often think how they see is normal, they may not be aware they have trouble seeing. You can help by watching for the following signs:

  • Unaware of or unable to see distant objects
  • Squinting or rubbing their eyes
  • Sitting too close to the TV or needing to sit close to the board at school
  • Excessive blinking
  • Headaches or fatigue

Diagnosis of Myopia

Myopia is diagnosed during a comprehensive eye exam. Children should have their eyes examined every year once they enter school to monitor their vision for changes and assess their ocular health.

Management Options

Myopia is commonly managed with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. Corrective eye surgery is a more permanent option for correcting myopia and other refractive errors in adults. Laser eye surgery reshapes the cornea to reduce the patient’s prescription, while implantable lenses replace the natural lens with an artificial lens.

Myopia Control for Children

There are many effective ways of slowing myopia progression in children. What works best for your child depends on their development and ocular health. The best place to start is with a comprehensive eye exam. Our optometrists will work with you to develop the best strategy for your unique child.

At Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc., we offer 2 of the most effective myopia control methods available.

Multifocal soft contact lenses with a center distance design work by slowing the eye’s elongation while the eye is still growing. Multifocal soft contact lenses are shown to be more effective at slowing myopia than bifocal lenses and just as effective as orthokeratology lenses.

Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) involves specially-designed rigid contact lenses designed to be worn overnight and removed during the day. These lenses reshape the curvature of the cornea over time. When worn consistently, they can provide clear vision with no need for other corrective eyewear.

Ortho-K can be used for myopia correction in both adults and children and is an attractive alternative to corrective eye surgery. Ortho-K is also a temporary solution: the effects are maintained only as long as you choose to wear the lenses.

Find Effective Options at Stanislaus Optometric Center, Inc.

If your child has been diagnosed with myopia, we can help! We’d be happy to discuss the various myopia control methods with you during your child’s next eye exam.

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Our Location

 

Find us at 4028 Dale Road, right next to Dale Family Dental and Opti Physical Therapy.

Where to Park?

We have a large parking lot with ample free parking.

Our Address

4028 Dale Road #102
Modesto, CA 95356 9561

Contact Information

Hours of Operation

Monday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
9 AM7 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
Open one Saturday a month
Sunday
Closed
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