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Pediatric Myopia Management

Everything you need to know about myopia and how to protect your child’s ocular health

What Is Myopia?

Myopia, most commonly called nearsightedness, is a visual condition that causes poor long-distance vision. In other words, close-up objects appear clear but far-away ones are blurry.

Graphic of Vision with and without myopia

Myopia on the Rise Globally

The subject of myopia is more important than ever as the number of people affected all around the world is on the rise. In an important study on the subject, the American Academy of Ophthalmology predicts a rapid increase in individuals living with myopia in the coming decades, projecting that today’s numbers (around 23% of the world’s population) will grow to more than 49% by 2050.

Although myopia has a hereditary element, most experts agree the significant increase in very recent years is related to environmental factors, including increased screen time and less time spent outdoors resulting in a deficiency in natural sunlight exposure.

Childhood Myopia Epidemic

Even more concerning is the rapid increase in the development of myopia in young people. That increase mentioned above is even more prevalent in children. These same studies indicate that increased screen time and not spending enough time outdoors also plays a significant role in the development of myopia in children.

Myopic Progression in Children

Mann Eye Institute is a leader in the management of Myopic Progression (where the nearsightedness gets worse year over year). Many parents are concerned about children becoming more nearsighted as they are increasingly using more digital devices for both instructional and leisure time. The good news is, myopic progression can be treated, and in many cases, prevented.

Treating Myopic Progression in Children

At Mann Eye Institute, we are proud to be on the leading edge of treatment for myopic progression. Myopia Control is a type of therapy we offer our pediatric patients who are systematically becoming more and more nearsighted. The options we offer are:

Atropine Eye Drops

Several studies have shown that atropine eye drops are effective in slowing myopia progression in young children. This easy, minimally invasive treatment consists of an eye drop applied daily at bedtime for one year. That’s it! Our clinical team will follow up with the patient every six months to monitor for any changes.

Multifocal Contact Lens

Soft multifocal contact lenses are commonly used to correct vision for those over the age of 40 that require not only distance correction but also near correction. This modality has been studied and research suggests it is effective in slowing myopia progression while utilizing a center distance, extended depth of focus design.

Ortho-K Lens

As an alternative to a daily soft contact lens and eye drops, ortho-k lenses have also been well-studied as an approach to decrease the rate of myopia change in children. Used overnight to correct vision, these lenses allow children to maintain clear and comfortable vision throughout the day without the need for vision correction while reducing the rate of myopia progression.

Why Is It Important To Slow Myopic Progression In Children?

Myopia is related to how your child’s eyes are growing. For this reason, it’s important to control the progression of this vision-stealing condition.

Is Pediatric Myopia Management Right For My Child?

At Mann Eye Institute, we want every patient, young and old, to See Life Better. We want to make sure parents are aware, informed and equipped to make important decisions for their children’s ocular health.

Who is a candidate?

Schedule your child’s evaluation with one of our vision experts specifically trained in Pediatric Myopia Management today.

Locations

The Mann Eye Institute is a leading eye care facility with seventeen locations in Humble, West Humble, Houston, Central Austin, North Austin, Sugar Land, Katy, Spring, The Woodlands Market Street, Livingston, Bay City, Pearland, Baytown, Tomball and Cleveland, Texas. With various locations in the Houston and Austin areas we can provide the full continuum of care, including; designer eyewear and eye care needs, LASIK eye surgery, cataract surgery, premium lens implants and dry eye treatment options. If you are seeking expert eye doctors in Texas contact us today!

Copperfield Office
6860 Highway 6 North, Ste. A
Houston, TX 77084
(281) 500-9605

Houston Fannin Office
5115 Fannin St., 10th Floor, Ste 1000
Houston, TX 77004
(713) 580-2500

The Woodlands Office
1501 Lake Robbins Dr. Ste. 130
The Woodlands, TX 77380
(281) 367-2010

Pearland Office
10223 Broadway St., Ste. J
Pearland, TX 77584
(281) 971-9332

Spring Office
2616 FM 2920 Ste. I
Spring, TX 77388
(281) 353-8300

Tomball Office
14079 FM 2920
Tomball, TX 77377
(346) 701-4029

Katy Office
750 Westgreen Blvd.
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 392-3937

Humble - Deerbrook Office
9802 FM 1960 W, Ste. 110
Humble, Texas 77338
(281) 446-9333

Sugar Land Office
6424 E. Riverpark Dr.
Sugar Land, TX 77479
(713) 580-2525

Humble - S. Memorial Office
18850 S. Memorial Blvd.
Humble, TX 77338
(281) 446-7900

Livingston Office
1601 US-59 Loop North, Ste. 100
Livingston, Texas 77351
(936) 327-3937

Cleveland Office
429 West Southline
Cleveland, TX 77327
(281) 592-4343

Bay City Office
3612 Avenue F
Bay City, TX 77414
(979) 244-1450

Baytown Office
4750 East Freeway
Baytown, TX 77521
(281) 421-2020

South Austin Office
2600 Via Fortuna, Ste. 400
Austin, TX 78746
(512) 327-4123

North Austin Office
4314 W. Braker Lane Ste. 215
Austin, TX 78759
(512) 200-3937

Sun City Office
1530 Sun City Blvd., Ste. 150
Georgetown, TX 78633
(512) 327-3792

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