Does your child have myopia? Myopia, or nearsightedness, is when your child can see near objects clearly, but has difficulty seeing objects at a distance. Myopia can be caused by the shape of the eye’s cornea, or when the eye grows too long. While myopia is a common refractive error among children, many parents are unaware that myopia can worsen as children grow, impacting their learning and development. While the only option for treating myopia used to be glasses or regular contact lenses, now there are a variety of treatments available that may slow this condition’s progression. The most common treatment options work to prevent the eye from continuing to overgrow. These include prescription eye drops, multifocal glasses or contacts, or a therapy called orthokeratology, which are contact lenses worn at night that temporarily reshape the cornea for clear vision the following day. How do these special contacts and glasses work differently than regular lenses? Regular glasses and contacts only focus central light rays, which causes peripheral light rays to focus behind the eye’s retina, which is thought to stimulate eye growth. Orthokeratology and multifocal lenses correct the central light rays while also focusing peripheral light rays in front of the retina. This is thought to prevent the eye from continuing to grow. The myopia management treatment you choose depends on your child's unique vision needs. Please talk to us today to find out what treatment is best for your child.