Through pediatric eye exams, our optometrist can detect vision problems in your children early on to maintain their sight. At Advanced Family Eye Care, we recommend children get their first eye exam at six months of age so that we can check for signs of strabismus (cross eyes), lazy eye, myopia, farsightedness, and other eye conditions. Subsequent eye exams can be given at two years old and again at five years old before children start school. The sooner eye conditions can be detected, the sooner your children can receive eye care treatment to protect their sight.
Myopia in Children
Myopia is a growing problem in young children today, which could be due to spending more time on digital devices. Myopia is a condition where children can see clearly up close but have blurred vision at a distance. Prescription eyewear can correct myopia symptoms but doesn’t stop the progression of the condition. Children with myopia are more prone to developing serious eye conditions as they grow older. At Advanced Family Eye Care, we offer eye care treatment options for myopia control in Torrance, CA.
Our eye care clinic recommends various options for myopia control, including:
Low-dose Atropine Eye Drops – These drops are typically used to widen people’s eyes during eye exams so an optometrist can better detect signs of eye diseases. They’re also effective in slowing the progression of myopia in children. If your child is between the ages of 5 and 18, low doses of atropine eye drops can be used nightly as a treatment to control myopia.
Peripheral Defocus Contacts – These specialty multi-focal contacts, geared for children 6 to 12 years of age with myopia, have a double purpose. The center of the lens works to correct blurred vision at a distance while the outer part of the lens defocuses (blurs) peripheral vision. Blurring peripheral vision helps slow down eye growth to keep myopia from worsening.
Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) – This treatment entails wearing Ortho-K contacts at night to reshape the cornea of your child’s eye in order to improve vision during the day, eliminating the need for eyeglasses. The effects of Ortho-K lenses are not permanent. In order to benefit from improved vision during the day, your child needs to continue wearing the contacts nightly. Ortho-K lenses help curb the progression of myopia in children.
Visit Us for Pediatric Eye Care Treatment Myopia Control in Torrance, CA
To learn more about myopia control in children and when to schedule your child’s next eye exam, contact Advanced Family Eye Care at 310-373-9993 today.