Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a condition many see an eye doctor for treatment. This condition is easily treated with corrective lenses, including eyeglasses and contacts. An optometrist on our team can conduct a eye exam to diagnose myopia and then write a prescription for corrective lenses. If the myopia is occurring in a child and is still progressing, atrophine drops may help slow the progression.
Our eye care team at Broadway Eye Clinic in Salt Lake City, UT, is here to help our patients see clearly and receive treatment for myopia. Visit us at our office in Utah.
Myopia is a refractive error causing a vision condition affecting a person’s ability to see items at a distance. An eye doctor may also refer to myopia as nearsightedness or shortsightedness.
If you or your child start developing signs of myopia, it may be best to schedule an appointment with an eye doctor to determine if you have a refractive error in the eye. Common signs and symptoms of myopia may include squinting when reading the board or watching television, sitting close to things to see, sitting in the front row of a classroom, and holding books close to the eyes. Other symptoms may include a lack of interest in activities requiring clear-distance vision and reduced clarity of vision compared to others.
Myopia can disrupt your day by not being able to see things clearly; however, it is not a dangerous vision condition. The biggest problem with myopia is that it can increase the risk for children to develop more serious eye conditions in the future. Some eye diseases commonly associated with myopia include glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and myopic macular degeneration.
Some recent studies suggest it might be possible to control the progression of myopia, especially before it worsens and creates a higher risk of future eye diseases. Seeing an optometrist for routine eye care can help slow down the progression of myopia through the use of Atropine drops, which may be able to help. Discuss your options with an eye doctor on our team to see what treatment is right for you or your child.
If you are struggling with vision problems and seeing clearly at distances, you may be experiencing early signs of myopia. Our eye doctors at Broadway Eye Clinic in Salt Lake City, UT, can help treat various eye conditions, including myopia. Call our clinic today to schedule an appointment and get started with your myopia treatment plan. Call us at (801) 322-0467 for our office in Utah.
Early Myopia intervention can help your child now and reduce their eye health risks. We offer non-surgical treatments proven to help your child in partnership with Treehouse Eyes.
Researchers believe that the environment kids grow up in today, with too many close distance activities (like reading and device use) and lack of outdoor play is contributing to the rapid increase in childhood myopia. While glasses and contact lenses compensate for a child’s blurry distance vision, they don’t stop your child’s vision from continuing to deteriorate. As children grow, myopia often develops as they reach school age and, untreated, progresses into the late teens. Hear other kids and parents share why myopia treatment is so important here.
Studies now show there is more to worry about with myopic eyes than the inconvenience of ever-thickening glasses. Scientific evidence has proven that myopic patients are more vulnerable to a range of sight-threatening diseases and complications.
Patients with mild myopia have a four-fold increase in the risk of retinal detachment. For those with moderate to severe myopia, the risk increases ten times. One study concluded that more than 50 percent of retinal detachments not related to trauma are associated with myopia. Other myopia risks include glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
The dangers of myopia, in conjunction with the normal challenges of poor vision, mean it is important for parents of myopic children to treat the condition as part of your child’s eye health. The goal of myopia management is to slow or even stop the progression of myopia and reduce its impact on your child’s life. The younger myopia management begins, the more effective the treatment.
We are excited at Broadway Eye Clinic to announce the launch of our children’s myopia management service in partnership with Treehouse Eyes®, the country’s leading myopia management brand. This revolutionary system, designed to treat your child’s myopia and significantly reduce the threat of more serious eye diseases, is one of the most important innovations since glasses were first prescribed hundreds of years ago!
Schedule an appointment today and Dr. Buresh, Dr. Franson or Dr. Stephens will evaluate your child’s vision and make a customized treatment plan to slow or even stop myopia from progressing.
Treehouse Eyes doctors use state-of-the-art equipment to develop a personalized treatment plan for your child. Our non-invasive treatments include customized contact lenses and special prescription eye drops. Some of our treatments will even allow your child to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses all day. Data from children using our patent-pending Treehouse Vision System® treatment plan shows a 78% decrease in the progression of their myopia vs. no treatment. At your initial consultation, your Treehouse Eyes doctor will determine the treatment that will work best for your child.
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