Your Hartsdale and Scarsdale NY Myopia Control Specialist
Why Choose Hartsdale Family Eyecare?
Dr. Arlene Schwartz specializes in myopia control methods to help each of her younger patients manage their myopia or nearsightedness to retain a healthy level of vision. Myopia is an underestimated disease that is estimated to affect nearly half the population in 20 years!
Due to spending excessive amounts of time indoors and overusing our near vision, children become nearsighted earlier and earlier, resulting in high myopia in later years. High myopia, even just -4, greatly increases the risk of eye diseases like macular degeneration or glaucoma. Myopia control utilizes scientifically backed techniques to ensure a child’s vision stays at a normal level for a healthier future.
Furthermore, a child with myopia will have changes occurring in their vision that may not be detected until the next eye exam, leaving them struggling in school during that time.
Both ortho k/CRT and multifocal contact lenses for myopia control have the benefit of increasing self esteem, improving peripheral vision, and reducing the chances of sports related injuries.
The most effective method of reducing the progression of Myopia in children is through Orthokeratology. Ortho K contacts are special contact lenses that are designed specifically for your child's eyes, and are worn only at night time. Besides for the major benefit of reducing myopia progression, Ortho K contacts keep your children contact lens and glasses free during the day.
Multifocal contact lenses are the newest trend in controlling the progression of myopia in children. With new products recently released by some of the larger contact lens manufacturers specifically created to for myopic children and teens. In recent studies children as young as 8 years old found contact lenses to be easy to use, and overwhelmingly preferred contacts over glasses.
One of the lesser known methods of reducing the progression of Myopia is the use of eye drops. Atropine are the same drops used by your optometrist to dilate your eyes however for myopia control the doses are ultra low to remove the unwanted effects of dilation. Atropine is great for younger children or in conjunction with multifocal contact lenses.