Preventing Myopia-Related Problems
Approximately 30% of Canadians have myopia, a common eye condition. While many adults need glasses to correct myopia, children typically require additional treatments to prevent this condition from worsening.
We have the technology available to diagnose and treat myopia in its early stages, helping protect your child’s vision from myopia progression. Visit Finch Avenue Optometry, and we can care for your child’s myopia.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia is a refractive error where far away images look blurry while close-up objects appear clear. It’s common for children with myopia to have trouble seeing distant objects, like the whiteboard in school.
Myopia occurs because myopic eyes cannot refract incoming light correctly. Patients with myopia have eyes that are too long, or their cornea has a steep curvature. When light enters the eye, it focuses in front of the retina when it should focus on the retina.
What Is Myopia Progression?
Myopia progresses as your child ages because children’s eyes grow with them. As your child grows up, their eyes may become longer, worsening myopia.
When myopia becomes severe, it’s known as high myopia. Someone has high myopia when they require -5.00 dioptres of vision correction or higher. High myopia raises the risk of several eye conditions, including:
How We Manage Myopia
We have several strategies for slowing myopia progression. Our team will recommend the best treatment based on your child’s unique needs.
We offer MiSight contact lenses and specialty eyeglasses at Finch Avenue Optometry.
MiSight Contact Lenses
CooperVision’s MiSight 1 day contact lenses are multifocal lenses designed for children. Your child wears these disposable soft contact lenses during the day to help slow myopia progression.
MiSight lenses work by creating peripheral myopic defocus. The contacts have rings of different lens powers to help focus the eyes. In previous research, MiSight lenses helped slow myopia progression by an average of 59%.
MiYOSMART Spectacle Lenses
MiYOSMART spectacle lenses utilize D.I.M.S. (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments) technology, a multifocal lens designed to slow down the progression of myopia. These lenses feature honeycomb-shaped segments strategically placed across the entire lens surface, correcting how light is focused within the eye. By doing so, they effectively interrupt the signal that triggers the excessive growth of the eye.
Research shows that multifocal lenses can slow myopia progression by up to 51`%.
Atropine eye drops are used to dilate (enlarge) the pupil, relaxing the muscles the eye uses to focus. This allows the eye a rest from focusing fatigue and can effectively slow myopia progression.
Although Atropine has minimal side effects, it can cause temporary sensitivity to light and blurred vision. The drops are usually prescribed for bedtime use so your kid feels more comfortable.
Ortho-k, short for orthokeratology, is custom-made, rigid contact lens specially designed to correct nearsightedness by reshaping the cornea (front of the eye). By gently reshaping the surface, light can be focused correctly inside the eye, effectively slowing the progression of myopia.
The lens is worn at night, so kids can enjoy the convenience of lens-free clear vision during the day.
Protect Your Child’s Vision
Your child’s vision is important as they grow up, and we can help protect it. Our team can diagnose and treat myopia, slowing its progression and helping your child enjoy clear, comfortable vision. Book an appointment and see how we can treat your child’s myopia.
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Our clinic is right on the corner of Finch Avenue West and Endell Street. Convenient parking is available in our lot off Endell Street, right behind our office.
- 244 Finch Avenue West
- Toronto, ON M2R 1M7
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed
*Our operating hours may vary, and our office remains locked during regular business hours. All visits are currently by appointment only. Please refer to our Google business page for the updated information or contact us directly to schedule an appointment.