Myopia Control Treatment that works

Your eyesight does not need to get worse. Myopia Control Treatment can help.

Myopia can be slowed down.

Myopia (nearsightedness) is an eye condition whereby a patient is unable to see clearly into the distance whilst still being able to see nearby objects. This long-distance vision loss is a consequence of the elongation of the eyeball, which is what makes a person’s vision blurry. Myopia is more than just vision loss, correlating highly with poor eye health, so it is important to maintain regular check-ups after diagnosis. To find out more about what myopia is, visit our myopia eyecare page.

Simple eye formulas prescribed by David effectively slow down the progression of Myopia. These formulas comprise the latest Myopia Control Treatment that works by preventing the eyeball from growing, therefore reducing further vision loss. Early intervention is the most effective mode of treatment, with the condition most commonly worsening throughout a person’s teenage years.

Myopia Control Treatment

  • Orthokeratology

    Orthokeratology is a treatment that significantly slows myopic progression, whilst also providing temporary visual relief. This treatment is administered via contact lenses worn only at night to gently reshape the cornea of the eye. Once awake, the patient will be able to see clearly for the remainder of the day without the aid of contact lenses or glasses. Follow the link to find out more about Orthokeratology.

  • Multifocal soft contact lenses

    Soft contact lenses give the patient clear long-distance vision when worn, whilst also slowing the progression of myopia. The lenses do so by fully correcting the eye’s central vision, giving the patient clear vision wherever they direct their eyes when worn. This is aided by the lenses lowering the correction of a patient’s peripheral vision which reduces the elongation of the eyeball, subsequently slowing myopic progression.

  • Pharmaceutical eye drops (Atropine and Pirenzepine)

    Eye drops are used to reduce further visual reduction but do not restore perfect vision on their own. Eye drops can be used in conjunction with Orthokeratology or soft contact lenses. However, the long-term side effects and permanent efficacy of eye drops are an ongoing subject of clinical research, with other modes of treatment still required to assist for myopic correction.

  • Standard spectacle lenses

    Standard spectacle lenses effectively assist temporary visual correction of myopia but do not control the progression of the condition. Though standard lenses do not damage the eye, research suggests that the peripheral correction of standard spectacle lenses is too strong to prevent the progression of myopia. Strong peripheral correction only encourages further eye growth, leading to further visual loss. Further research is still required to determine the long-term effects of these lenses on myopia (Smith et al., 2o05; Sankardurg, 2010).

  • Specific Myopia Management spectacles

    Myopia Management lenses visually correct the eye to the same effectiveness as standard spectacle lenses, whilst simultaneously correcting and controlling the progression of myopia. For patients who are looking to slow myopic progression, we strongly recommend fitting Specific Myopia Management spectacles to your frames.

What you can do.

In addition to these treatment strategies, simple lifestyle changes can help prevent the development and progression of myopia. Here are some recommendations:

  • Take part in outdoor activities

  • Remember UV protection

  • Keep Digital Devices at a distance

  • Ensure you take a break

  • Turn on the light

Concerned about myopia?  Book an eye appointment with David.

David Shanahan Optometrists is one of the only optometry practices in Western Australia that utilizes the latest eye-scanning technology from Zeiss  to measure myopia. The scanner allows David to specifically prescribe the best Myopia Control Therapy for your eye condition. David also completed additional training to grant him with the certifications to fit orthokeratology contact lenses to his patients.

Early preventative check-ups can detect potential eye problems. A visit to your optometrist every six months ensures that your prescription is correct.

To book an appointment with David, call us on (08) 9335 2602 or book online here.