Is Your Child A Candidate For Myopia Management?
Rapidly progressing myopia is more than just a hassle — today’s research shows that it will put your child at increased risk of developing serious eye diseases in late adulthood, such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment and macular degeneration.
Fortunately, Dr. Ingryd Lorenzana and Dr. Maggie can help slow the progression of your child’s myopia with a customized myopia management program.
What is Myopia Management?
Myopia management is an evidence-based program that can halt or slow the progression of myopia in children. Each myopia management treatment has varying benefits and levels of efficacy; Dr. Ingryd Lorenzana and Dr. Maggie can help you decide which method is most suitable for your child depending on their age and myopia level.
Is Myopia Management Right for My Child?
The ideal candidate for myopia management is a child or young adult with practically any degree of myopia. Although it’s best to begin myopia management as early as possible, many older children, teens, and college students can still benefit from this treatment.
But first, here are a few factors to consider before embarking on a myopia management program:
- The patient must be at least 6 or 7 years of age
- He or she must be willing and able to care for contact lenses
- Must have a certain level of maturity and responsibility
Below are some examples of myopia management patients:
A 9-year-old recently diagnosed with myopia is already noticing the need to increase her prescription. She begins myopia management to slow down or stop her deteriorating distance vision. This is a great time to start myopia management, as it offers the best chance of preserving long-term eye health.
Myopia management is also suitable for young teens or pre-teens. A 12-year-old who wants to eliminate the need for daytime glasses or contact lenses may find certain myopia management treatments to be very appealing.
A young teen who feels insecure about their appearance when wearing glasses, or who finds that glasses interfere with sports and other activities, may also find myopia management to be a great option.
A 16-year-old teen with mild to moderate myopia hopes to undergo corrective surgery in the future. If they begin myopia management at 16, they have a good chance of stabilizing their vision until they meet the age requirements for corrective surgery a few years later. In addition to decreasing their risks of future eye disease, slowing their myopia progression may increase their chance of successful corrective surgery.
We Can Help Control Your Child’s Myopia
Myopia management works best when parents wish to take a proactive role in preserving their child’s vision in the long term. The earlier a child receives myopia management, the easier it is to control myopia’s progression and the better the long-term results.
If your child has myopia, take action and help mitigate their risk of developing eye disease in the future. For further information or to schedule your consultation, contact Brain Vision Institute today.Our practice serves patients from Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, and Arlington Heights, Illinois and surrounding communities.
Watch Some Tips From Our Optometrist | Healthy Brain Healthy Life
So when we look at a person’s health from a global perspective, what we’re doing for the eyes, we’re also doing for the brain and the child overall. For this reason, everything that we do in our office is driven by this overall viewpoint: it’s the eyes. But really it’s the body, but also the person, because it’s all really connected to doing all these positive things: getting enough sleep, making sure you’re eating healthy.
Even with a healthy diet I fall on the side of yes, definitely supplementing is important, because even if we eat healthy, not all of our foods are as healthy and as nutritious as they used to be. Vitamin A for example: you would have to eat 7 cups of spinach a day or 40 eggs to get the daily dose of vitamin A. Nobody’s really doing that, as healthy as they may be, so that’s why I tend to fall on the side of supplements.
Also important: hydrating, because water helps cleanse the body, release the toxins. It helps a lot of the neurons work faster, and it definitely helps with movement and exercise because it positively reinforces the biochemistry in the body, making sure that we try our best to minimize all of the toxins in foods, the products we use, the things in our environment.
Of utmost importance is getting your annual eye exams or sometimes even more frequently. When I’m concerned about a child developing nearsightedness or that they already are nearsighted. I no longer see them every 12 months. Now I see them every 6 months.
The more that we do these things now, the better you’re preparing your child to be a healthy adult.