Myopia, or nearsightedness, is becoming increasingly prevalent in adults and children. This condition can cause difficulty with activities such as reading and driving, but several options are available to help manage it. At Karns Vision Center in Knoxville, TN, we offer myopia treatment. There are different ways to treat myopia and how to best control it. Learn more about myopia and controlling it below.
What are the Symptoms of Myopia?
Schedule an eye exam at our office if you notice any of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty seeing distant objects
- Squinting to see distant objects
- Holding reading material close to your face
- Sitting close to the television
Myopia in children is typical and poor performance in school is a telltale sign of a vision issue.
What are the options for Myopia Control?
There are many choices to control myopia, depending on your severity
These are one of the most popular options, especially for kids who may struggle to wear contact lenses. We can help your child make the best choice during a pediatric eye exam. We also have bifocal and multifocal lenses as options.
Many older children and adults like to use contact lenses as an option to treat their myopia. One popular choice is Ortho-K treatment, where our patients wear contact lenses as they sleep. They gently reshape the cornea, so eyeglasses or contacts do not need to be worn during the day. The results are not permanent, and you need to continue treatment to see results.
Medicated Eye Drops
We also offer medicated eye drops to slow the progression of myopia. These drops are generally recommended for older children and early teens. While they cannot correct myopia, they can help stop it from worsening. The eye drops can have mild side effects, which we will explain at our office.
Starting Myopia Control
Myopia tends to get worse as children and teens become young adults. It's best to start myopia management as soon as possible. We can help you with a management plan at our office.
Contact Karns Vision Center in Knoxville for Myopia Management
Karns Vision Center is a dedicated eye care facility in Knoxville that specializes in myopia management. Our team of experienced optometrists and staff will take the time to understand your unique case so we can create the best treatment plan. Contact our office to book your eye exam today with an optometrist.