Focus on Clear Vision
While myopia usually means corrective eyewear is an everyday reality—and gives us an excuse to rock our new glasses—it’s becoming more common and presenting an increased risk to vision and eye health worldwide.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia is a refractive error, meaning it affects the way your eye refracts light. In order to see clearly, light has to land on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of your eye. An eye with myopia is either too long, or has a cornea (the clear dome on the outer eye) that’s too steep, so light lands in front of the retina instead.
Myopia in Children
Children who develop myopia around age 6 to 8 have more time for their myopia to progress than those who develop it later. And so younger children with myopia have a greater chance of developing high myopia and all the risks associated with it.
There’s no known cause of myopia, but several factors are thought to contribute to it:
- Increased near work
- Reduced time spent outdoors
Myopia Control Methods
Orthokeratology Contact Lenses
These lenses are worn overnight and removed in the morning, granting clear vision during the day without glasses or other contacts. But the effect is temporary: if your child stops wearing them, their corneas will return to normal.
Atropine Eye Drops
Peripheral Defocus Contact Lenses
These specialty contact lenses work by creating various areas of focus. The inner circle provides clear distant vision while the outer rings defocus peripheral vision. Blurring this side vision is believed to slow myopia progression.
Support Your Child’s Vision With Myopia Control
If your child has been diagnosed with myopia and you’re curious about the available options, then please book a children’s eye exam today! Our knowledgeable eye care team can answer all your questions and help you choose the best path for your child’s eyesight.
We’re conveniently located off Sports Arena Boulevard, right next door to Phil’s BBQ. There’s tons of parking and an accessible stall right in front of our door.
- 3750 Sports Arena Blvd., Suite 9
- San Diego, CA 92110
- Phone: 619.224.2879
- Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
Our Eye Care Services
Adult & Senior Eye Exams
Regular eye exams are essential for overall preventive healthcare, and are designed to help you maintain your clearest vision. Learn more about how eye exams protect your health.
Children’s Eye Exams
Children’s eyes are constantly changing. Eye exams are the best way to ensure their vision remains healthy and strong. Learn more about how children’s eye exams support your child’s overall development.
Contact Lens Exams, Fittings, & Brands
Contacts are an excellent alternative to traditional eyeglasses. Let our team at Arena Eyeworks show you the benefits of contact lenses and find your perfect fit!