Nearsightedness or myopia is a common eye-focusing condition seen by our optometrists at Eyecare Professionals. We offer myopia control treatments at our Hazen, Manhan, and Washburn offices. Our eye doctors will evaluate your child’s eyes to determine if myopia control is needed.
What is Myopia?
Myopia is a refractive error where the eye does not bend light properly. When light doesn’t focus correctly, images will not seem to be clear. With nearsightedness, close objects are clear, but distant ones seem blurry. This is a common eye condition that affects nearly 25 percent of people.
Getting an Eye Exam
We recommend our patients of all ages get annual eye exams. Our eye doctors may determine that bi-annual eye exams are sufficient in some cases. For children with an increased risk of vision issues such as having a family history of eye problems or diabetes, we may recommend more frequent eye exams with our optometrists.
What to Expect During an Eye Exam
We will first ask about your medical history or the parent of the patient. We will perform different tests including a refraction test, visual acuity test, and other tests that allow us to determine how your child’s eyes are developing. This helps us diagnose myopia and begin a myopia control treatment if it is needed. We may recommend prescription glasses for your child.
Understanding Myopia Control
While there is no real cure for myopia, there are treatments that can slow the progression of the condition. At Eyecare Professionals, we control it by changing the structure or focus of the eye. This helps reduce stress and fatigue in the eyes. Some myopia control treatments include eye drops, orthokeratology, and other non-invasive treatments to help stabilize your eyesight. For our older patients, we offer multifocal contact lenses that have different strengths in different areas to help correct myopia. These contact lenses come in gas-permeable and soft options to suit the patients’ needs.
Schedule an Appointment With One of Our Optometrists
If you or your child has myopia and you live in or around Mandan, Hazen, or Washburn, schedule an appointment at Eyecare Professionals. Our eye doctors will perform a comprehensive eye exam and discuss the available options. Call our team today or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.