Nearly 40% of adults and children living in the United States have myopia or nearsightedness. Myopia often starts in childhood, but the skilled ophthalmologists at American Eye Institute have over 25 years of experience helping patients slow down this progression with myopia management. Treating patients from their practice in the Beverly Grove neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, the expert team uses innovative technologies to provide comprehensive vision care. Make an appointment by calling their office in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Towers today or through the online scheduler.
Myopia is nearsightedness. If you’re nearsighted, you may find it difficult to see things until you’re up close to them. Myopia usually starts in childhood and, if unmanaged, can quickly worsen.
You can catch myopia early by scheduling regular eye exams. Children should have a first exam around the age of 6 months, and then again at age 3 and every two years after that unless your ophthalmologist at American Eye Institute notices any changes.
If your ophthalmologist diagnoses you or your child as myopic, he begins myopia management — treatments to slow down how quickly the nearsightedness progresses.
Advanced myopia comes with many risks, like cataracts, retinal detachment, glaucoma, and blindness. The sooner you take preventive measures, the more likely you are to slow the rate of deterioration.
The team at American Eye Institute diagnoses myopia with a standard eye exam. During each review, your ophthalmologist checks your eye health and performs a refraction assessment.
A refraction assessment involves using instruments, tools, and lenses to assess your vision. It helps your ophthalmologist identify vision problems such as far or nearsightedness, presbyopia, or astigmatism.
During your eye health exam, your ophthalmologist may place drops in your eyes to help dilate your pupils to see the inside of your eyes better. Eye drops are painless but may make your eyes a little more sensitive to light for a few hours.
Your eye health is of the utmost importance to the team at American Eye Institute. They are always happy to discuss your concerns and answer your questions.
There are several types of myopia management, and their suitability depends on your age and sight prescription.
Multifocal contact lenses and multifocal or bifocal glasses help people with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism see clearly. They can slow down how quickly myopia progresses in some children.
Atropine eye drops are the most effective way to manage myopia in children. They dilate the pupil, which prevents the eye from changing focus so frequently.
Ortho-k contact lenses are gas-permeable. You wear them only at night while you sleep. In the morning, you remove the lenses, and the temporary correction lasts throughout the day.
Take the first steps to eye health today with a visit to American Eye Institute. Call the practice or schedule an appointment through the online booking tool.