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Slow the Progression of Nearsightedness with Myopia Control

Myopia, also called nearsightedness or shortsightedness, is a condition caused by elongation of the eye. As the eye continues to lengthen, nearsightedness increases. Myopia not only causes poor distance vision, but can affect the health of the eye. The nearsighted person can see objects close up but has difficulty seeing objects farther away. Myopia is generally not reversible, so today’s treatments are directed toward preventing it, compensating for it (using glasses or contact lenses), or slowing its progression, a process referred to as myopia control. Myopia control treatment is not a guarantee for any individual child, but research indicates that it offers the likelihood of success in slowing the progression of nearsightedness.

Doctors at the Patient Care Center use all of the methods described above to help patients who wish to control the progression of their myopia.  If you would like to schedule a consultation in our Contact Lens service regarding myopia control for your child, please call us at (314) 516-5131.

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