Toronto Centre Optometry
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Myopia Control For Children Could Mean Clearer Vision in Adulthood

Myopia or nearsightedness is a common problem in children and adults. Unfortunately, cases of childhood myopia almost always get worse with time. As they grow into adulthood, they experience poorer and poorer distance vision. The good news is, you may be able to preserve some of their distance vision through myopia control.

What is Myopia?

Myopia is the inability to clearly see objects that are far away. When the eyeball is too long in proportion to the curvature of the cornea, it causes light to focus at a point just in front of the retina rather than directly on the retina. This causes everything beyond a certain distance to appear blurry.

Myopia is Becoming Increasingly Common in Children

More and more children are diagnosed with myopia each year. Even more disturbing is the increasingly young age at which children are diagnosed. There is some research to suggest this trend relates to children spending more time in front of screens and less time outdoors.

Regardless of the cause, the upswing in childhood myopia highlights the importance of regular eye exams for children. Eye problems like myopia can significantly impact a child’s academic success and possibly even their behaviour.

Request an appointment for your child today.

What is Myopia Control

Myopia control is a process of gently restructuring the eye and decreasing eye strain that is linked to myopia progression. Although myopia control is not a cure and cannot fix the level of nearsightedness your child already has, it can help slow down the progression of myopia and keep it from getting much worse.

Myopia control employs a variety of methods.

Atropine eye drops are designed to reduce eye strain by helping the eye relax. The drops temporarily paralyse the eye’s focusing mechanism, dilating the pupil. Because myopia is linked to fatigue of the focus mechanism, relieving or preventing that fatigue can be helpful in controlling myopia.

Wearing single-focal glasses may help a child see the whiteboard, but it may actually hinder their ability to read a book or take notes. Multifocal glasses and contact lenses offer a variety of magnification levels in a sort of gradient pattern. This allows children to see clearly at every distance without causing extra stress to the eye. Multifocal contact lenses have been proven to reduce the progression of myopia in children and may be the most promising method of myopia control yet.

We would like to make your visit with us as simple and convenient as possible. This is why we offer direct billing with the following providers:

  • Chamber of Commerce Group Insurance
  • Cowan
  • Desjardins Insurance
  • Greenshield
  • Great-West Life
  • Industrial Alliance
  • Johnson Inc
  • Manulife Financial
  • Maximum Benefit or Johnston Group
  • Standard Life
  • Sun Life Financial

Note: Our direct billing process is based on the specific policy, and thus cannot guarantee a patient’s insurance will go through. Please speak to your insurance provider regarding the specifics of your policy.

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We are located on Dundas Street West, in the Java Joe's Building.

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#103, 180 Dundas St W
Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

Contact Information

Phone +1 (416) 597-3937 (EYES)
Email tcoptometry@gmail.com
Fax +1 (416) 597-3967

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