Myopia Control Is Within Reach
Myopia (known more generally as nearsightedness) is a common refractive error. It’s a condition that causes distant objects to appear blurry while closer objects remain clear.
If you have questions about myopia and your children’s eyes, please contact us at Crum Optometric Group. Our optometrists have extensive knowledge and experience in slowing the progression of myopia. And we’re committed to providing high-quality treatment and care to our smallest patients.
What Is Myopia?
While experts haven’t determined the exact cause of myopia, they suggest it may be a combination of lifestyle and genetics. Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long or the cornea becomes too steep. This elongation affects how light reaches the retina.
Myopia in Children
Myopia commonly begins developing between the ages of 6 and 12. Our children’s eyes grow quickly throughout these early years, and the condition can worsen as their eyes grow with them.
A younger child with myopia has a higher chance of developing high myopia. High myopia carries an increased risk of vision problems like cataracts, glaucoma, and retinal tears.
At Crum Optometric Group, we can slow myopia in children through several methods.
Available Myopia Control Methods
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine drops are used to help slow myopia progression in children. Although experts don’t know exactly why atropine works, low-dose atropine has proven to be effective while the eyes are still growing.
Corneal Reshaping Contact Lenses
Children as young as 6 have seen vision improvements with corneal reshaping contact lenses for controlling their myopia. Rigid contact lenses are worn overnight to help guide the cornea into the ideal shape. Light focuses on the child’s retina correctly, offering clear vision during the day without glasses.
These specialty lenses have also been shown to reduce myopia progression in children by 36–56%.
Peripheral Defocus Contact Lenses
Blurring peripheral vision is thought to slow the growth of children’s eyes. And peripheral defocus contact lenses are an effective way of slowing myopia.
These multifocal contact lenses offer different rings of peripheral defocus. The rings outside of the center blur peripheral vision, and the center part of the lens provides clear distance vision.
Help Is Waiting
Myopia is a lifelong condition, but experts are working tirelessly to slow its progression in children. Currently, the goal of treatment is to prevent the condition from worsening.
Safe, effective methods are available to help maintain your child’s vision health, and at Crum Optometry Group, we offer personalized options.
Please book an appointment to discuss your child’s vision. Let’s find the solution and work together to keep their eyes healthy and strong.
Come On By
You can find us in the Gordon Ranch Marketplace, between Healthy Wok and Expo Nails. Same day appointments welcome.
- Phone: (909) 393-8378
- Email: [email protected]
- 2581 Chino Hills Parkway
- Chino Hills, CA 91709
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed