Myopia management strategies fall into two broad categories:
1. Optical treatments
2. Pharmaceutical treatments
Optical myopia control treatments include orthokeratology (Ortho-K), specially designed soft contact lenses, and myopia control glasses. Optical treatments work by altering the way that light enters the eye to influence eye growth and myopia progression. It is worth emphasising that ordinary single vision glasses and contact lenses can only correct vision but do not have myopia control treatment effects.
What's the difference between myopia correction and myopia treatment? There's a big difference.
Myopia correction, which is when an optometrist prescribes ordinary distance glasses to help your child see clearer, is only temporarily masking the condition by fixing the symptoms — blurred vision. What we do is treat the underlying condition that causes the blurred vision — abnormal eye growth and elongation — so that further vision deterioration can be prevented.
Find out more about each of these optical treatments below.
Atropine is the primary medical treatment for myopia control in Australia and around the world. Long-term clinical trials and studies by renowned institutions have been completed and published to validate the effectiveness of atropine on slowing myopia progression, as well as its safety profile for regular dosing in children.
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