Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common eye problem. While many people start experiencing symptoms as children, it's also common for adults to come to us complaining that they can't see objects in the distance. We at Optical Expressions serving Phoenix, AZ, and, Scottsdale, AZ, know a lot about myopia management from an eye doctor on our optometry team.
How Myopia Management from an Optometrist on Our Optometry Team Works
In many cases, myopia gets worse as a person ages. Vision can be corrected by prescribing higher levels of corrective lenses, but there was very little a person could do to control myopia. Advances in medical science, however, have brought a few different treatments.
In children, myopia symptoms can start as a young elementary schooler and continue until the eyes stop growing. As the eyes change, vision gets worse because the shape of the lens changes. It's now possible to use eye drops that contain a protein that essentially stops the eye from changing shape. This has the effect of "freezing" myopia at the stage a person is at when they start to take the drops.
This means that a person can control the progression of myopia. For children, this means that instead of dealing with a lifetime of wearing glasses every day and dealing with visions that constantly gets worse, they can instead only rely on glasses from time to time. For children who would otherwise have severe myopia, these drops can prevent painful and serious conditions. For this reason, it is often possible to have the drops covered by insurance.
For patients who are older, these eye drops will not work as well. Once vision has already declined, these drops are essentially ineffective. They cannot reverse myopia.
The only things that can reverse myopia and control it permanently is a surgery like LASIK. This surgery will actually correct the shape of the lens. This surgery is rarely covered by insurance however, and might not be the choice for everyone. It is only available to people over the age of 18, for example. It might not be recommended to people who have serious health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes. If you are interested in this type of surgery, however, be sure to schedule an appointment with an optometrist. An eye doctor on our optometry team can help determine if this surgery is right for you.
Get Myopia Management from an Eye Doctor on Our Optometry Team
If you live in the Phoenix, AZ, or Scottsdale, AZ, area and you're worried about a diagnosis of myopia for you or a loved one, give our optometry office a call at Willo District Office (602) 254-3169, Hilton Village Office (480) 998-1606, or Esplanade Office (602) 224-5772, for Optical Expressions. Book an appointment with an optometrist on our team for advice about myopia management and treatments including MiSight and Ortho-K.