Atropine eye drops have been used since the 1920s to treat myopia, but the concentrations that were once administered caused significant side effects. Nowadays, a lower dose is given and the results are encouraging. When given in micro-doses of around 0.01%, effective control of myopia progression can be achieved – with only minimal side effects, if any at all. Atropine therapy is regarded as safe and an ideal method of myopia control for very young kids.
Our Toronto myopia specialist will evaluate your child’s eyes to determine if atropine therapy is the best-recommended option for myopia control.
Soft Multifocal Contacts
Soft multifocal contact lenses are constructed with multiple prescriptions in a single lens. These lenses work to correct distance vision, as well as sharpen the near, middle, and peripheral focus of your child’s vision. As a result, your child’s eyes are forced to adjust constantly and precisely, which improves their focusing ability. Eventually, their improved focusing slows down the elongation of the eye – thereby acting as a form of myopia control. The positive results of using soft multifocal contacts (for kids as young as 8 years old) are backed by many research studies and clinical trials. This method has become a popular technique for myopia control, and our myopia specialist in Toronto is experienced with fitting children with these lenses.
Due to modern materials and engineering, soft multifocal contacts are constructed from flexible, comfortable plastics that allow a high quantity of oxygen to pass through the lenses, promoting a healthy cornea. Contact lenses are safe for kids, and our Toronto myopia specialist will determine if they are recommended for your child.
Orthokeratology – Ortho-k lenses
Ortho-k lenses are specialized rigid contacts that inserted before bedtime and worn overnight. As your child sleeps, they gently mold the shape of the cornea, flattening it temporarily to resolve the elongated curve of myopia. In the morning, the ortho-k lenses are removed – leaving your child with crisp daytime vision without wearing any daytime eyewear. The effects of ortho-k only last a few days, which is why the lenses must be worn nightly.
In addition to making sharp vision convenient for kids (no more glasses!), ortho-k lenses are also proven to slow down or stop myopia progression. That means ortho-k can eliminate the need to buy your child new glasses every year, and it also has the potential to protect your child from developing serious eye problems in the future. Our Toronto myopia specialist is trained and experienced in fitting kids with ortho-k lenses for myopia control.