Promoting Healthy Eye Growth
As people grow older, their eyes grow with them—but sometimes, that growth results in vision problems. Myopia is a common vision problem in the US, affecting over 30 million people.
Myopia results from abnormal eye growth and makes it difficult to bring distant objects into focus. Myopia usually appears before people turn 14 and levels off when their vision stabilizes in their early 20s, but it can also occur in adulthood.
When myopia develops in children as young as 6 to 8, it can become high myopia. High myopia is linked to certain eye conditions, like retinal detachment.
Your eye doctor can work with you to slow myopia progression in your child and can offer solutions for correcting it in adults. Please contact our practice today to find assistance.
Myopia Causes & Symptoms Explained
How Does Myopia Happen?
1 of 2 factors usually causes myopia:
- The eye grows too long
- The cornea’s curve is too great
Either of these problems can make your eyes refract light improperly, causing blurry distance vision.
Why Does Myopia Control Matter?
Undiagnosed myopia can cause additional social and academic problems for children. Children who cannot focus effectively at a distance may find it hard to read the board in a classroom, play sports, or participate in other social activities. The sooner a child with myopia is diagnosed, the sooner steps can be taken to help them avoid these obstacles.
Myopia testing is part of every children’s eye exam. If your child has myopia, we’ll let you know and create a strategy to help you give them the support they need.
Common Myopia Symptoms
The following signs and symptoms may indicate myopia:
- Sitting too close to the TV, laptop, and other devices with screens
- Frequent headaches due to eye strain
- Difficulty driving at night (for adults)
How We Help Patients with Myopia
Daniel & Davis Optometry determines the severity of all myopia cases with precise tests and measurements. Then we recommend a course of action based on each patient’s specific needs.
Specialty contact lenses can often be effective for controlling childhood myopia. These lenses prompt the brain to slow down eye growth by using a principle called myopic defocus.
In some cases, we may recommend orthokeratology lenses (also called ortho-k). Ortho-k lenses use corneal refractive therapy to slowly change the eye’s shape overnight so it can focus properly the next day.
Some adults with myopia may be candidates for laser eye surgeries like LASIK and PRK. Laser eye surgery can provide long-term correction for myopia, but it’s not suitable for children because their vision is still changing.
Advanced Myopia Management Is Here
Your eye doctor can provide an accurate diagnosis for myopia and build a plan to help you or your child control it. Please contact our practice today and let us help.
Our Location in Carlsbad
Where to Find Us?
Our practice is located on El Camino Real, just between the Carlsbad Village Drive stop for the number 309 bus and the Bayshire Carlsbad assisted living facility.
- 3144 El Camino Real, Suite #202
- Carlsbad, CA 92008
- Phone: (760) 434-3314
- Email: [email protected]
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed