Myopia Control in Washington D.C. and Chevy Chase, MD
At Washington Eye Doctors, our team of skilled and compassionate doctors have myopia management programs to protect your child’s eyes for years to come, so they can love what they see.
Myopia Management & Control at Washington Eye Doctors
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error of the eyes which results in a misshapen cornea that affects the ability to see far-away objects with clarity. Myopia is often diagnosed in children through comprehensive eye exams, which we perform at our offices. While eyeglasses can correct vision, they do not solve the root of the problem or slow its progression.
With our myopia management program, we’re able to improve the quality of life of your child for years to come, as well as take preventative care against the risk of eye diseases associated with myopia in the future. The initial program typically runs over a 24-month period, where we regularly evaluate their progress to ensure optimal outcomes. We also offer in-house financing options: this program is important, and we want it to be as accessible as possible!
What is Myopia Management?
The methods and techniques vary, but ultimately all forms of myopia management work to correct the cornea’s shape to provide better clarity. Because these programs are best utilized when the eye is still growing, children diagnosed with myopia benefit from them the most.
Some symptoms your child may display that indicate myopia include:
- Lack of interest in sports and other activities involving near vision
- Rubbing their eyes
With an effective myopia management program, some of the benefits include:
- Increased quality of life, especially as it relates to school
- Lower risk of eye diseases later in life
- Lessened reliance upon glasses and contact lenses
- Corrected vision without additional eyewear
Why Choose Washington Eye Doctors for
At Washington Eye Doctors, we have comprehensive programs for myopia control, and as an entirely independent practice, we aren’t limited by corporate red tape when it comes to patient care. Our team loves working with children and will ensure their entire experience is as comfortable as possible. We’ll get to know your child, customize a program specifically for them, and then monitor their eyes as they get older so we can correct any issues along the way and ensure their myopia is kept at bay!
Treatment Options to Slow the Progression of Myopia
We have a wide range of effective solutions and treatment options with our myopia management programs, and all are completely customizable to ensure your family can love what they see!
Multifocal contact lenses are commonly prescribed to older patients, but they’re effective in controlling myopia in children as well. Not only do they allow your child to see clearly, they also simultaneously work to slow the progression of myopia. With multifocal contacts, your child will receive contact lenses with two prescription powers that make it easier for the eye to focus, preventing the corneal-lengthening strain that causes the progression of myopia.
Ortho-K lenses are worn overnight and gently reshape the eye’s cornea while your child sleeps. With consistent use over time, Ortho-K causes the eyeball to maintain its corrected shape for longer, slowing the progression of myopia. These lenses are effective for a variety of patient cases, and depending upon the level of myopia and length of use, they can help reduce your child’s reliance on eyeglasses.
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine eye drops are commonly used to dilate the eye, reduce eye strain, and alleviate what is known as “focus fatigue.” These drops relax your child’s eyes, so they don’t have to work as hard to focus. Our team at Washington Eye Doctors have the experience and knowledge to accurately identify the correct dosage and type of drops for your child to give them the most effective treatment.
Our Patients Trust Us & Love What They See
Visit Either of Our Myopia Management Centers at Washington Eye Doctors
Whether you’re stopping by our downtown Washington, D.C. office on your lunch break or bringing your kids to our suburban location in Chevy Chase, MD, Washington Eye Doctors is here to be your guide to healthy eyes and clear vision. If you’re seeking myopia control for your little one, looking to browse our selection of customized, curated eyewear, or stopping in for a check-up, we’re always here for your family’s eye care needs.