Myopia Control (Clarus and MPOD)

Myopia Control (Clarus and MPOD)

myopia control


While myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common occurrence for many children, it should be treated seriously to help reduce the effects of the condition throughout a person’s life. Myopia can affect a person’s ability to see objects that are further away.
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This means that driving, or being able to read a blackboard at the front of the classroom can be a difficult or even impossible process. This is not only a dangerous condition but can affect a child’s ability to learn. While there are many options that can help to correct the immediate vision concerns, myopia control refers to a plan to stop or slow the progression of the condition.


What Causes Myopia?


The inability to see objects that are further away is caused because the eyeball shape is too long. This affects how light and images pass into the eye. This causes the light to focus just in front of the retina, rather than directly on it. Once the light hits the retina, the image is already blurred.

While the causes of myopia are not completely understood, there may be a genetic link. About ten percent of people who have myopia, also have a parent who has the condition. Additional research believes that stress or strain on the eye may have an effect on its development.


Treating Myopia


Treating the vision problems associated with myopia can take several forms. Many people use eyeglasses or soft contact lenses. Refractive surgery may also be an option for patients who are slightly older but should be avoided by children.

At EyeWorks, we believe that making sure that we completely understand the issue before we begin is critical. That’s why we use the Zeiss Clarus imaging system. These systems allow us to make a detailed “map” of the eye. This helps so we can make sure that the treatment plan is personalized from the beginning. Continued monitoring of the eye can also detect the smallest changes quickly.

If a treatment plan needs to change, this system helps us identify it right away. We can continue to monitor our patients for change and progress by comparing previous images. This also helps you understand your treatment and the effectiveness of our approach.

We also like to ensure that our methods are on the cutting edge of the scientific field, so we also use macular pigment optical density, or MPOD to effectively monitor myopia and its progression. Some studies suggest that calculating MPOD can help to understand the level of myopia that a patient is dealing with.

All of this background information can help our staff work with you to develop the best treatment options. One of the most effective methods of treatment is the use of atropine drops. These are simply eyedrops that are placed into the eye that dilate the pupil and reduce the pressure on the retina. These drops are similar to those used in a regular eye exam, but the effects last for days rather than hours. Atropine drops have been shown to slow the progression of myopia in children in a number of recent studies.

Multifocal contact lenses or eyeglasses are other approaches that have been shown to slow the progression of myopia over regular soft contacts or eyeglasses alone. These lenses have different powers in different parts of the lens. In one recent study, participants had 50 percent less myopia progression than their counterparts after just a single year.


Overview


Myopia is a common, but potentially serious issue that should be treated for children. Early treatment can have a significant effect on the overall health and vision of your child’s eyes throughout their lives. Call our offices to schedule an appointment with EyeWorks in Keene, NH today by calling 603-352-7803. Our professional staff keeps on the cutting edge of technology so you know you will have the best care.