We’re Here to Help Preserve Your Child’s Clear Vision
Your child uses their distance vision so much that it can be hard to list all the things they may use it for: playing sports, watching television, paying attention in school, riding their bike—the list goes on and on.
However, one of the most common refractive errors affecting children today is myopia, an issue that directly impacts the quality and clarity of your child’s distance vision.
At Dr. Goldstone Vision Center, we understand how important your child’s vision is. We’ve developed a comprehensive myopia control program that we can adjust to support your child’s unique needs.
We’re ready to preserve your child’s clear vision. Start their journey today by booking an appointment at our Long Beach or Fountain Valley locations!
What Is Myopia?
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that makes it difficult to see distant objects clearly. Myopia can develop early in life, around the time your child may start school, and it can progress into adulthood.
Over time, myopia may develop into high myopia and increase the risk of developing certain eye diseases or experiencing retinal detachment. Without help, high myopia may lead to permanent vision loss.
Myopia develops if the eye grows too long or the cornea becomes too steep. As a result, light entering the eye can’t focus on the retina properly, leading to blurry vision when looking far distances. Your child may have a higher risk of myopia if they have a family history of it or spend a lot of time indoors or doing up-close projects.
About 30% of children have some degree of myopia, but some research suggests that half of the world will have symptoms by 2050.
Numerous issues can stem from myopia, like experiencing problems learning at school or playing sports.
One of the most common ways to correct vision problems related to myopia is to use prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses, and adults with myopia may wish to correct it with laser eye surgery. However, we can offer several management techniques to help children take control of their myopia.
We’re happy to personalize your child’s management plan based on their needs and lifestyle. We’ll also likely book some follow-up appointments to ensure the strategy is working effectively.
The first step, however, is booking your child’s eye exam.
Atropine Eye Drops
Low-dose atropine eye drops, similar to eye drops optometrists use to dilate pupils before eye exams, have shown that they can help reduce myopia progression by 81%.
Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, are specialty contacts made specifically for myopia.
Your child wears their ortho-k lenses to bed, and while they sleep, the lenses gently reshape their cornea. When they wake up, they can remove the contacts and enjoy clear vision without using prescription lenses for the rest of the day.
Peripheral Defocus Lenses
Peripheral defocus lenses use a unique lens design to help reduce myopia progression.
These lenses work by focusing your child’s peripheral vision just past their retina instead of on it. The center of the lens corrects their refractive, just like a traditional pair of eyeglasses. However, by focusing the peripheral light past your child’s retina, the lenses create a signal that halts myopia progression.
Comprehensive Care Starts Here
Help your child find meaningful ways to manage their myopia. All you have to do is book an appointment with our team today!
Visit Us Today
Find us in Long Beach Town Square shopping center, right next to Starbucks and Supercuts.
- 2280 E Carson Street
- Long Beach, CA 90807
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Saturday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed