Pediatric Eye Clinic
Is There a Cure For Nearsightedness in Children?
If your child has myopia, you may be concerned about whether or not it’s permanent. Is there a cure or can its progression be slowed down so your child doesn’t need stronger glasses year after year?
There’s some good news: A number of recent studies suggest it may indeed be possible to at least control myopia by slowing its progression during childhood and among teenagers.
What Is Myopia Control?
An outright cure for nearsightedness has not been discovered, but we can now offer a number of treatments that may be able to slow the progression of myopia. These treatments can induce change in the structure and focusing of the eye, which in turn, reduce stress and fatigue associated with the development and progression of nearsightedness.
Slowing the progression of myopia may keep your child from developing high levels of nearsightedness that require thick, corrective eyeglasses and have been associated with serious eye problems later in life, such as early cataracts or even a detached retina.
Four types of treatment are showing promise for controlling myopia:
- Atropine eye drops
- Multifocal contact lenses
- Orthokeratology (“ortho-k”)
- Multifocal eyeglasses
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