Your Child’s Vision Is Precious
Your child’s vision is essential for everyday life as they play, learn, and interact with others. While refractive errors can affect your child’s vision, many people assume conditions like myopia aren’t a significant problem.
We understand your child’s vision is precious, and we’re here to help protect it. We offer specialized treatments to help prevent or slow myopia progression. Our team can help preserve your child’s sight.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia is a common refractive error where nearby objects appear clearly while distant objects look blurry. The shape of the eye causes light to focus in front of the retina instead of on the retina. Myopic eyes are typically too long, or the cornea has a steep curvature.
Besides the shape of the eye, other factors can influence myopic development as well. Less time spent outdoors, increased screen time, and family history may increase your child’s risk of developing myopia.
Your child may not recognize if they have a vision problem, so make sure you’re keeping an eye out for signs of myopia. Consider taking your child for an eye exam if they show any of the following behaviors:
- Blurry vision when looking at faraway objects
- Holding books, toys, or other objects closer to their face than usual
- Squinting their eyes or blinking frequently
- Struggling to read words on a whiteboard at school
What Is Myopia Progression?
Myopia commonly develops in childhood and progresses as your child’s eyes continue to grow. This growth can cause mild myopia to worsen into a more significant problem, like high myopia.
Myopia is high when someone’s vision is above -5 diopters. Besides your child requiring heavy prescriptions in adulthood, high myopia increases their risk of several eye conditions, including:
Myopia Control Treatments
Treating myopia involves more than correcting a refractive error. Single-vision lenses only help your child see better. To effectively manage myopia, your child requires specific treatments to slow eyeball growth.
The myopia control treatments we provide at our practice focus on correcting and controlling myopia with specialized contact lenses.
MiSight Contact Lenses
MiSight contacts are daily disposable lenses designed to correct and control myopia. You replace these lenses every day.
MiSight contact lenses feature alternating rings around the center of the lens, helping correct vision and treat myopia. The different rings provide vision correction and peripheral defocus to slow eyeball elongation.
Orthokeratology or ortho-k lenses reshape the cornea while your child sleeps, providing clearer vision. You remove these lenses in the morning, so your child doesn’t require any glasses or contacts during the day.
Ortho-k contact lenses flatten the center of the cornea, altering how light bends as it enters the eye. These contacts can slow myopic progression in children by 36–56%.
We Can Help Protect Your Child’s Vision
Myopia can seem insignificant at first, but it can have major effects on your child’s eye health and vision. You can help protect your child’s vision with early action. Our doctors can recommend treatments to help slow or prevent myopic progression.
Contact us if your child has signs of myopia, and we can help protect their vision.
Our practice is located in Dubuque County, just off of Center Grove Drive. You can park in one of the many parking spaces available right in front of our practice doors.
Can’t find us? Feel free to give us a call!
- 3343 Center Grove Drive, Suite
- Dubuque, IA 52003
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday : 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed
*Closed from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
TESTIMONIALS & REVIEWS
Dr. Lester and her staff are the most professional and awesome team!
Very informative and kind with providing their services.
Five Stars for sure!!