Total Myopia Program
Myopia (or nearsightedness) is a refractive error that can affect your kids from an early age. It causes objects in the distance to appear blurry while closer objects remain clear. We strive to help your children enjoy clear vision and increase their quality of life as a result.
We are also thrilled to launch the “Total Myopia” program. The goal of this program is to refer patients to practices with the technology to assist with myopia control methods such as ortho-k.
Through comprehensive eye exams and myopia control methods, we can help your children control its progression. Contact us to schedule your next appointment today.
What Is Myopia (Nearsightedness)?
Myopia occurs when the eye is too long, or the cornea is too steep. As a result, light does not focus correctly on the retina, causing distant objects, such as whiteboards in classrooms, to appear blurry.
When left uncorrected, myopia can negatively impact a child’s academic performance and future eye health. The condition has been linked to increased risks of retinal detachment, glaucoma, and cataracts.
Myopia in Children
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.
When kids have trouble with their eyesight, it can impact their daily life at school, including reading from a distance, seeing the board, and participating in sports and other activities.
By seeking professional care and treatment options such as ortho-k, we can help your child succeed in and out of the classroom.
Methods of Myopia Control
We offer a variety of myopia control solutions, such as ortho-k contact lenses, MiSight lenses, and atropine eye drops. Consistent eye exams are also an essential step in keeping our team up-to-date on changes in your child’s vision.
If your kids are experiencing difficulties with their vision and you have myopia concerns, we can help.
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is sometimes compared to braces for the eyes. These specially designed contact lenses are worn overnight to reshape the cornea and are 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.
Atropine Eye Drops
Low-dose atropine is a promising treatment method for children with myopia. Studies have shown that a low dose of atropine in eye drop form can help slow the progression of myopia in children to reduce the risk of severe nearsightedness.
Low-dose atropine drops can work by suppressing the eye’s growth to slow down the progression of myopia. This treatment is typically prescribed as a daily drop, administered in the evening before bedtime.
Myopia Control Lenses
Bifocal soft contact lenses can be used to slow the progression of myopia in children. MiSight 1 day 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 shown to reduce myopia progression by up to 59%. We offer other brands and options for multifocal contact lenses as well.
Axial Length Measurement
When it comes to managing myopia, think of axial length measurement as your best friend. It’s a handy tool that eye care professionals use to monitor the progression of myopia, especially in children.
The axial length of the eye is simply how long the eye is, from front to back. Now, imagine if your kid’s feet kept growing at a rapid pace, you’d want to keep measuring those feet to make sure you’re getting the right size shoes, the same idea applies to myopic eyes.
In children with rapidly progressing myopia, the axial length can increase faster than normal.
A corneal topographer plays a crucial role in the ortho-k fitting process. Think of it as a mapmaker for your eyes. It creates a detailed map of the surface of your cornea, which is the clear front surface of your eye.
Just like a physical map helps you navigate through unfamiliar terrains, a corneal topography helps your eye doctor understand the unique contours and features of your cornea. Our “Total Myopia” program aims to refer you to practices with the technology to fit ortho-k lenses through corneal topography and axial length measurements.
Help Slow Myopia Progression
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, two treatments can be started at the same time.
With our “Total Myopia” program we can help your children access the myopia control solutions they need. Contact us to schedule an appointment today.
Where to Find Us
Our practice is located in downtown Los Angeles in Little Tokyo, right across the street from Japanese Village Plaza.
We validate and pay for parking during your visit.
- 334-B E. 2nd St
- Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Monday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Tuesday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Wednesday: Closed
- Thursday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Friday: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
Our Eye Care Services
Adult & Senior Eye Exams
The path towards clear, comfortable vision starts with an eye exam. Learn about our process today.
Children’s Eye Exams
Taking care of your child’s sight is easier with the help of our team and knowledge. Preserve your child’s gift of vision today.
Contact Lens Exams & Fittings
Contact lenses are a fantastic way to broaden your eyewear options without sacrificing the quality and comfort of your vision. Learn more about contacts today.