Myopia Management in North Toronto

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What is Myopia?

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is characterized by the inability to see far away objects clearly. Many people with myopia can see near objects correctly, but their eyes can’t bring distant objects into focus.

Myopia is often genetic and is caused by the shape of the eye; either the eyeball is too long, or the eye has too much curvature. Both can cause light to not focus properly on the retina, leading to myopia.

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What is Myopia Management?

Myopia management, also known as myopia control, encompasses a variety of treatments used to slow the progression of myopia. In many cases, myopia develops in childhood and becomes progressively worse as you age, a condition otherwise known as progressive myopia. With myopia management, the progression can be slowed and can help keep the patient’s prescription lower as they age.

Myopia management can not only help preserve your natural vision over time, but it can also help prevent other issues down the road. Those with severe myopia have an increased risk of retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy. Even those with low myopia have an increased risk of glaucoma and cataracts, making myopia management a way to decrease your risk of eye disease or other vision-compromising conditions.

Myopia Management Methods

MiSight® contact lenses are a 1-day disposable lens designed specifically for myopia management. It is a multifocal lens that contains multiple prescriptions throughout the lens, helping to reduce eye strain when compared with single-vision lenses. When compared to the use of single-vision contact lenses, MiSight® multifocal contact lenses can slow the progression of myopia by as much as 50%.

Orthokeratology, often abbreviated to Ortho-K, is a non-surgical way to reshape the cornea. This treatment involves wearing specialized contact lenses while you sleep, gently reshaping your eyes to provide clear, crisp vision the next day. With consistent wear, the progression of myopia can be reduced.

Abiliti overnight lenses go beyond correcting blurry vision. This innovative technology helps slow the progression of myopia in children, potentially reducing the risk of future eye problems. 

Abiliti contact lenses are made from material designed for comfort. When worn overnight, they can offer clear vision and freedom from glasses the next day, all while supporting healthy eye development for your child.

Low-dose atropine administered through eye drops is another method used to slow myopia progression. Atropine works by binding to specific growth receptors in the eyes, helping to block the stimulation that causes myopia progression. With atropine myopia control, you will likely still need to wear glasses or contacts. However, atropine eye drops can help prevent the need for stronger and stronger lens prescriptions over time.

One tool we use to help manage myopia is Myah. Myah technology allows us to establish a baseline for myopia, helping us to monitor risk and detect changes in your vision. Myah uses corneal topography and measurements of your axial length to create progression reports that analyze treatment efficacy.

Useful Facts for Parents About Myopia Management

The prevalence of myopia is increasing worldwide, especially in children. By effectively managing myopia progression early, you can potentially reduce your child’s need for stronger vision prescriptions and their risk of future eye problems.

Here are some key facts for parents to consider:

  • Early intervention is key: The earlier myopia management begins, the more effective it can be in slowing progression. Regular eye exams starting in childhood are essential for early detection and intervention.
  • Myopia management options exist: Abiliti contact lenses are just 1 of the innovative options available for myopia management. Our experienced eye doctors at North Toronto Medical Optometry & Vision Care can discuss the various approaches and determine the right fit for your child’s individual needs.
  • Myopia management has benefits beyond clear vision: Myopia management not only helps children see clearly but may also reduce their risk of developing sight-threatening conditions later in life as a consequence of high myopia, such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, and myopic macular degeneration.

Contact us to schedule your appointment today and get started on myopia management early.

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Find us on the 5th floor of the Hullmark Corporate Centre.

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Underground parking is accessible via Anndale Drive. The subway can be accessed via the Sheppard-Yonge station.

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4789 Yonge Street, Suite 505
North York, ON M2N 0G3

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Phone: 416-322-0379
Fax: 416-322-9964
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