Myopia Management Specialist

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Myopia Management services offered in Encino, Santa Clarita and Palmdale, CA

Myopia is growing increasingly common today, and experts say that myopia management is an effective way to prevent its progression. At Wide Eye Optometry, with offices in the Encino neighborhood of Los Angeles, Santa Clarita, and Palmdale, California, experienced eye doctor Mary Demirjian, OD, offers the most current option for myopia management using soft daily disposable contact lenses. To learn more, call the nearest office or click on the booking tool to schedule an appointment today. 

Myopia Management Q & A

What is myopia management?

Myopia management is a method of treating nearsightedness (myopia) in children. During childhood, myopia can progress rapidly as the eye grows and changes. 

If children develop severe myopia, their risk of serious eye problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration, increases later in life. With myopia management, the main goal is to slow the progression of nearsightedness. 

How does myopia management work?

There are a variety of myopia control methods, including eye drops and hard contact lenses, but at Wide Eye Optometry, Dr. Demirjjian uses the newest innovation in the field—soft contact lenses. 

MiSight® 1 day lenses are disposable soft contacts from CooperVision™. These lenses use innovative ActivControl™ technology to correct nearsightedness while slowing down its progression. In a three-year period, studies show that MiSight lenses reduce the progression of myopia by almost 60%.

What are the signs that my child might need myopia management?

There are a few signs that indicate that it’s time to schedule a myopia evaluation at Wide Eye Optometry. Some symptoms of myopia to look out for include:

  • Squinting
  • Frequent eye rubbing
  • Holding books, phone, or tablet close to the face
  • Closing one eye when reading
  • Frequent headaches
  • Tired-feeling eyes 

During a comprehensive eye exam, Dr. Demirjian can determine whether your child needs a new prescription and whether myopia management could help them to maintain their vision better.

Who is a good candidate for myopia management?

MiSight 1 day lenses are for children aged 8-12. To qualify, your child must have mild to moderate myopia (between -0.75 and -4.00 diopters) with less than 0.75 diopters of astigmatism.

If your child has significant astigmatism, Dr. Demirjian may recommend another method of myopia management to effectively control their astigmatism at the same time. 

There are other options that may fit the needs of older kids and adults, so discuss your needs and concerns with Dr. Demirjian so she can recommend an option that will work for you. Adults might opt for refractive surgery like LASIK for long-lasting myopia correction.

To learn more about myopia management, call the nearest Wide Eye Optometry office or click the booking tool to schedule an appointment.