Researchers believe that the environment kids grow up in today, with too many close distance activities (like reading and device use) and lack of outdoor play is contributing to the rapid increase in childhood myopia. While glasses and contact lenses compensate for a child’s blurry distance vision, they don’t stop your child’s vision from continuing to deteriorate. As children grow, myopia often develops as they reach school age and, untreated, progresses into the late teens. Hear other kids and parents share why myopia treatment is so important here.
The Danger of Myopia
Studies now show there is more to worry about with myopic eyes than the inconvenience of ever-thickening glasses. Scientific evidence has proven that myopic patients are more vulnerable to a range of sight-threatening diseases and complications.
Patients with mild myopia have a four-fold increase in the risk of retinal detachment. For those with moderate to severe myopia, the risk increases ten times. One study concluded that more than 50 percent of retinal detachments not related to trauma are associated with myopia. Other myopia risks include glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration.
Myopia can now be treated
The dangers of myopia, in conjunction with the normal challenges of poor vision, mean it is important for parents of myopic children to treat the condition as part of your child’s eye health. The goal of myopia management is to slow or even stop the progression of myopia and reduce its impact on your child’s life. The younger myopia management begins, the more effective the treatment.
We are excited at Eye Desire to announce the launch of our children’s myopia management service in partnership with Treehouse Eyes®, the country’s leading myopia management brand. This revolutionary system, designed to treat your child’s myopia and significantly reduce the threat of more serious eye diseases, is one of the most important innovations since glasses were first prescribed hundreds of years ago!
Schedule an appointment today and one of our doctors will evaluate your child’s vision and make a customized treatment plan to slow or even stop myopia from progressing.
How Does It Work?
Treehouse Eyes doctors use state-of-the-art equipment to develop a personalized treatment plan for your child. Our non-invasive treatments include customized contact lenses and special prescription eye drops. Some of our treatments will even allow your child to see clearly without glasses or contact lenses all day. Data from children using our patent-pending Treehouse Vision System® treatment plan shows a 78% decrease in the progression of their myopia vs. no treatment. At your initial consultation, your Treehouse Eyes doctor will determine the treatment that will work best for your child.
FAQs for Parents
What is myopia management?
Myopia is nearsightedness. With myopia management, we aim to prevent your child’s prescription from increasing substantially, through a variety of different treatment methods that work best for your child.
I’ve never heard of this before. Is it new?
No. Treatment has been studied and put into practice for years. What’s new is our approach. We treat the progression and monitor the patient consistently and carefully to make sure it does not progress.
What treatments are there for myopia?
There are two major treatments we offer at our office; custom special orthok contact lenses and special soft multifocal contact lenses.
Why is this so important?
A high myopic prescription increases the chances for a variety of eye diseases, including glaucoma and retinal detachment. Slowing down the progression will offer your child a better quality of life today and in the future.
Is myopia treatment covered by insurance?
Currently, myopia treatment is a self-pay service because of its unique and individualized treatment regimen. Itemized receipts will be provided to reflect the services rendered as needed.
What is the cost of the program?
If you are a new patient the initial evaluation and consultation is the price of a comprehensive eye exam $174 (without insurance). If you have vision insurance, it will be your exam copay. If your child is already a patient at our office the consultation is free! The cost of the program may depend on your child’s diagnosis but treatment is usually $180/month. We accept all major credit cards, HSA/flex spending cards as well as monthly financing through CareCredit.
Hear from happy myopia management patients