What is Myopia Control?

Ever wonder if there is a cure for myopia, also known as nearsightedness? While practitioners and researchers haven’t developed a cure for myopia, new studies suggest that it is possible to slow down the progression of myopia in children and teens, which is known as myopia control. Myopia control is designed to change the structure and focusing power of the eye while it’s still in its growth stage. The result is a reduction of myopia and better distance viewing without corrective lenses.

So what’s the point of myopia control if it’s not a cure for nearsightedness?  Slowing down the progression of myopia causes a reduction of stress on the eyes. This is beneficial in two ways:

  • Reducing myopia allows for lower prescriptions, making wearing prescription glasses and contacts much easier to manage. 
  • The reduction of stress on the eyes prevents serious eye problems later in life, such as cataracts and detached retinas. 

In summary, myopia control refers several treatment options for children and teens to reduce the progression of nearsightedness. Reducing myopia early allows for lower prescriptions and a reduction of eye conditions later in life.

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