Managing Your Child’s Myopia
Your child’s eyesight is an incredibly important part of their lives. From playing to learning, your child relies on their vision for so much of what they do every day.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common vision condition typically diagnosed during childhood that can affect your child’s eyesight. Unfortunately, your child might find it hard to communicate if they’re having issues with their vision. But don’t worry! Our team is here to help.
With regular eye exams, we can spot the signs of vision issues and get your child the treatment they need. If you think your child may be struggling with their vision, please get in touch with us today.
What is Myopia?
Myopia is a type of refractive error that can affect your child’s distant vision. If your child has myopia, they’ll be able to see near objects clearly, but will find it difficult to focus on faraway objects.
Myopia occurs when the shape of the eye causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of on the retina. This happens when the eye grows too long from front to back, or when the cornea has a steep curvature.
Besides the shape of the eye, other factors may put your child at risk of developing myopia, such as:
How to Tell if Your Child Has Myopia
Your child may not notice that they have a vision problem, or may find it hard to communicate that they’re having trouble seeing clearly. If your child exhibits any of the following behaviours, booking an eye exam can help your optometrist spot the signs of myopia and get them they treatment they need:
- They squint their eyes to see
- They hold objects close to their eyes to see them or sit too close to the TV
- Frequent blinking or eye rubbing
- They struggle to read words on a whiteboard at school
- They seem unaware of distant objects
- They avoid doing activities that require good distance vision
Our Myopia Control Techniques
At Byron Optometry, we offer several myopia control methods to not only help your child see clearly, but help slow down the progression of their condition.
Myopia Control Spectacles
Myopia control lenses have a centre area with a child’s full prescription and dimpled edges to signal the eye to slow down its growth.
Multifocal Soft Contact Lenses
Multifocal soft contact lenses are a type of soft lenses that include two zones of different prescriptions. These two focus zones can help people with myopia see clearly at all distances.
Orthokeratology, or ortho-k lenses, are lenses worn overnight that reshape the cornea while your child sleeps. When worn, ortho-k lenses flatten the centre of the cornea, altering how the light bends as it enters the eye. During the day, your child can enjoy clear vision without the need for eyewear.
Atropine eye drops are a type of eye drop that can slow the progression of myopia. Atropine eye drops dilate the pupils and relax the eyes’ focusing mechanisms, which can slow eye growth.
Book Your Child’s Next Appointment
Myopia can have major effects on your child’s eye health, vision, and quality of life. You can help protect your child’s sight with regular eye exams and early action.
Visit our team at Byron Optometry to protect your child’s vision.
Byron Optometry is located in Park Place, right on the corner of Commissioners Road West & Boler Road. Having trouble finding us? Feel free to give us a call!
- 1255 Commissioners Road West
- London, Ontario N6K 3N5
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM
- Wednesday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
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