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Slow the progression of your child’s nearsightedness.

The Myopia Epidemic

The prevalence of myopia in people ages 12-52 has grown rapidly, from 25% of the U.S. population in 1972 to 41.6% in 1999-2004, according to a study by the National Eye Institute.

Besides causing blurry vision and the need for thick glasses, myopia can have serious ocular health consequences.View Video

Learn how Virginia Eyecare Center approaches to Myopia Control

Many doctors simply compensate for the main symptom of myopia- blurry vision- with glasses and standard contact lenses.

However, as the prevalence and degree of myopia has skyrocketed, and as the health consequences of myopia has become more evident, Virginia Eyecare Center’s doctors have realized the need and the ability to treat the condition of myopia in order to prevent advanced vision loss and eye disease. This is called myopia control.

Some treatments offered at Virginia Eyecare Center to control myopia include:

  • Corneal Reshaping/ Ortho-K:
    • A procedure that gently reshapes the cornea with special contact lenses, which the patient places in his or her eyes overnight.  Learn more here.
  • Atropine:
    • The use of a specially compounded eye drop once each night can slow the progression of myopia.
  • Dual Focus Soft Contact Lenses: 
    • Specialized soft contact lenses change the way light focuses on the retina, slowing the progression of myopia. They are worn during the day to provide clear vision and are daily disposable, eliminating the need for cases and contact lens solution.

Virginia Eyecare Center has the experience and equipment necessary to provide treatment, consultation, and referrals at our office in Burke. Request an appointment with your eye care provider, and we will be in touch with you shortly.