What is myopia control?
Nearsightedness is a chronic condition that will not improve on its own. For an optometrist, the goals in treating a patient with myopia are correcting the vision problem and slowing its progression.
The technology for vision correction has been around for many years. Glasses or contact lenses move the focal point of light to its proper position on the retina. However, as the shape of the eye changes, the vision correction prescription will also change.
Myopia can progress quickly as a child grows to physical maturity. Newer vision technology offers treatments that can slow the eye-lengthening process and reduce the effects of nearsightedness. Adults may be eligible for corrective procedures like refractive surgery once their vision stabilizes.