Getting Ahead of Myopia
Myopia is slowly becoming more common among Canadian children. Myopia can affect a child’s ability to see clearly during school or to safely play sports. Adults usually need prescription eyeglasses and contact lenses to deal with myopia. However, a treatment called myopia control is an option for children.
If a child is diagnosed with myopia early enough, we can use myopia control methods to slow the progression of myopia and protect their vision long-term. Learn more about if myopia control is an option for your child when you visit us.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia, otherwise known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error where objects at far distances appear blurry. The condition is caused when your eye is too long, so light doesn’t pass through the cornea, pupil, and lens properly. Instead of focusing directly on the retina, light focuses in front of it.
Myopia can cause blurry vision, frequent headaches, squinting, and excessive blinking. Myopia is also associated with an increased likelihood of developing eye diseases like cataracts and glaucoma, which can cause vision loss later in life.
How Does Myopia Control Work?
Children are constantly growing, and so are their eyes. Myopia slowly worsens over time as the eye gets longer and longer. Through myopia control methods, we can slow that lengthening by reducing eye strain and making it easier to focus on distant objects.
MiyoSmart lenses are designed specifically with myopia control in mind. MiyoSmart contains your child’s specific myopia prescription, like regular lenses for glasses. However, they also use peripheral defocus technology. This technology forms a ring around the centre of the lens, which focuses light in front of the peripheral retina, which helps slow myopia progression.
MiyoSmart lenses are also built with kids in mind. A durable, scratch-resistant material lets your child explore and play without worrying about their lenses breaking. MiyoSmart lenses also have built-in UV protection to protect your child’s eyes from sun damage.
Ask Us about Myopia Control
We care about your child’s vision and eye health—both now and in the future. Myopia control starts with bringing your child in for a comprehensive eye exam.
During the exam, the doctor will check your child’s eyesight and, if they find signs of myopia, may suggest myopia control as an option. If your child has already been diagnosed with myopia, get in touch with us to discuss myopia control.
WHERE TO PARK?
Our practice is conveniently located near Highway 16 and Main Street in Edson, Alberta. There’s lots of parking available directly in front of our office.
- 5022 2nd Ave, Box 6928
- Edson, AB T7E 1V3
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday : 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday : 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday : 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed