Myopia Control in Los Angeles

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Myopia Is a Growing Concern

Myopia (or nearsightedness) is a refractive error that causes objects in the distance to appear blurry while closer objects remain clear. It occurs when the eye is too long, or the cornea is too steep.

Myopia is on the rise in the United States. More than 40% of Americans have myopia, and the condition is expected to continue its upward trend. Studies show that by 2050, almost half of the world’s population will have some degree of myopia.

Roughly 75% of children with myopia received a diagnosis between 3 and 12 years of age. There is no cure for myopia, but it can be controlled if it’s identified early on.

A comprehensive eye exam can determine if your child has myopia.

Please book an appointment today to preserve your child’s sight.

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The Importance of Myopia Control

Myopia is considered a growing public health issue. The condition is linked to increased risks of retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts. It progresses from a young age until about the age of 20 when vision stabilizes.

Children need good vision to succeed in school, sports, and life. Some children are misdiagnosed with behavioral problems or learning disabilities when in reality, their vision is the problem.

Setting your child up for success includes taking steps to control myopia.

Methods of Myopia Control

Orthokeratology (Ortho-k)

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is sometimes compared to braces for the eyes. These specially designed contact lenses are worn overnight to reshape the cornea and then removed during the day.

Since corneal tissue is very flexible, these lenses work by flattening the cornea. When they’re removed, the cornea stays flat for a while, improving vision without corrective lenses.

While they are rigid gas-permeable lenses, they allow enough oxygen through to the eye to help protect your eye health. The lenses must be worn regularly to correct vision. If you stop wearing them at night, your cornea will return to its original shape.

We offer Paragon corneal refractive therapy lenses. In FDA trials, 90% of wearers were able to achieve 20/40 vision or better, eliminating the need for daytime corrective lenses.

Low-dose atropine is an eye drop that can be prescribed to help reduce the progression of myopia. Atropine is not a cure for myopia but can effectively slow myopia, both as a stand-alone treatment and with additive effects when combined with other methods, like bifocal soft contact lenses.”

Bifocal soft contact lenses can be used to slow the progression of myopia in children. MiSight® lenses are suitable for children as young as 8. They’re soft, daily contact lenses that are easy to use and fit. The vast majority of kids who tried the lenses preferred them over glasses.

MiSight® lenses are the first and only FDA approved contact lens for slowing the progression of myopia in children ages 8-12 years old. These lenses are shown to reduce myopia progression by up to 59%. We offer other brands and options for multifocal contact lenses as well.

Studies show that outdoor activity can help prevent the onset of myopia in children and potentially slow its progression. Encourage your child to spend time playing outside.

Tailored Treatment Plans

We’ll evaluate your child’s unique situation and provide a customized treatment plan. We like to begin with one treatment and then potentially add another so we can evaluate the efficacy at each step. But, if the case is severe, 2 treatments can be started at the same time.

Please book an appointment today to discuss myopia control options for your child.

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Where To Find Us

Our practice is located in downtown Los Angeles in Little Tokyo. We’re open outside of normal business hours to make it easier for you to schedule an appointment. 

We validate and pay for parking during your visit.

Our Address

334-B E. 2nd St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Monday
7 AM6 PM
Tuesday
7 AM6 PM
Wednesday
CLOSED
Thursday
7 AM6 PM
Friday
7 AM6 PM
Saturday
8 AM3 PM
Sunday
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