With an increase in digital device use, myopia (nearsightedness) has been on the rise.  Testing is done at each examination and special attention is taken whether intervention is necessary to control myopia progression in children.  It is important in developing healthy usage and preventative routines beginning at a young age. 

To start, practice the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, gaze 20 feet away for 20 seconds.  Allowing a break to the accommodative muscles in the eyes not only prevents eye strain but also minimizes the chance for myopia to progress. 

At a glimpse, studies show early intervention through progressive lenses or multifocal contact lenses can significantly slow down myopia at an early age.  Other more invasive treatment options will be discussed for severe cases of progression (i.e. atropine drops and Ortho-k rigid contact lenses).  We take great care in offering the newest technology to slow down and prevent myopia in children.

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