Bring the Horizon Into Focus
Dr. Mendez knows all too well how myopia (also known as nearsightedness) can affect a person’s vision and quality of life. As someone living with myopia, Dr. Mendez takes great care in managing the effects it can have on children and adults.
Whether she’s prescribing a new pair of lenses or providing a comprehensive management plan, she’s right by your family’s side to ensure your and your loved one’s vision is crisp and clear.
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What Is Myopia?
Myopia is a refractive error that makes distance vision blurry while near vision remains clear. The condition typically develops in school-aged children but can progress into adulthood.Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long or if the cornea becomes too steep, affecting how light focuses on your retina. Though a common risk factor is having a parent with myopia, you or your child can have a higher risk of developing myopia if you spend too much time indoors or focusing on close tasks like reading or computer work.
Risks of Myopia
There is no safe level of myopia. With the numbers on the rise, myopia is now considered an epidemic requiring immediate attention and management options. This progressive condition can increase the risk of several sight-threatening eye concerns, including:
Following a comprehensive myopia management plan as early as possible can not only reduce the level of prescription needed later in life but also help reduce the risk of serious eye conditions and preserve long-term sight.
How We Can Help
Managing myopia when your child is young is a great way to help preserve vision quality and maintain quality of life. As myopia develops, it can affect several aspects of life, including the skills your child needs to read from school boards, identify road signs, and play sports.
We can recommend a management plan based on our findings during a comprehensive eye exam. We may recommend prescription lenses but also other strategies.If you have any questions about our approach and how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.
MiSight Contact Lenses
MiSight contact lenses are designed to slow the rate of myopia progression by using myopic defocusing.
These FDA-approved contacts focus peripheral light in front of the retina while providing crisp, clear central sight. Focusing peripheral light in front of the retina helps slow down myopia progression.
Ortho-K Contact Lenses
Orthokeratology contact lenses, also known as ortho-k, are rigid gas-permeable contacts worn overnight that reshape the cornea while your child sleeps.
In the morning, they can remove the contact lenses and enjoy clear vision all day without needing prescription glasses or contacts.
Atropine Eye Drops
Atropine eye drops are used to dilate the eyes during a comprehensive eye exam. But they’ve been shown to help reduce myopia progression in children with regular use.
Multifocal Eyeglasses & Contacts
Multifocal prescription lenses have been shown to help reduce myopia progression in children. These lenses, which include multiple prescriptions, use a technique known as peripheral defocusing to focus peripheral light in front of the retina, signaling the eye to slow down growth.
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- Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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