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Myopia Control

Myopia Control

Myopia is more commonly known as nearsightedness. People with myopia can see fine detail close up, but not far away. Our optometrist at Helmus Optometry in Davis, CA, help you understand the purpose of myopia control and why it is important for you and your family.

Myopia is caused by the elongation of the eyeball. It usually starts in childhood starting between 8 to 12 years of age and continues to get worse in most people until the early 20's. High myopia creates increased risk for glaucoma, retinal detachment, and other serious eye problems. That is why slowing the progression of myopia is important. 

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Recognizing Myopia

First, myopia must be recognized. Children do not usually understand why they can clearly see a book, but not clearly see the front of the classroom. They must be taught that both should be equally clear. Oftentimes, it is a child's teachers who first recognize vision problems, who then communicate it to parents. Parents need to be also educated about how to recognize the signs of myopia.  

Second, the child needs to see an optometrist. An eye doctor can test children for myopia. Usually, glasses will be initially prescribed for a child with myopia. The child must learn that eye correction is not optional, but necessary for their health and wellbeing. Once the child has that understanding, other approaches can be used to help slow the progression of myopia. 

How Does Myopia Control Work?

There are some practical lifestyle changes for children that can possibly slow the progression of myopia.

  • Restrict their time and access to tablets, cellphones, computers, or electronic games which are usually played within 18 inches of the eyes. 
  • Restrict their hours watching television. 
  • Get them to change their visual focus regularly. Going outside is great for children! 
  • Make sure they always study and read with proper lighting.

There are also a number of medical treatments the optometrist can use once myopia has started. 

  • Special contact lenses, such as bifocal or multifocal contact lenses, reduce the distance between the eye and the corrective lens.  Multifocal glasses for some can work well.
  • Atropine eye drops work well for some. What they do is reduce eye pain and reduce inflammation.
  • Orthokeratology (ortho-k) uses special contact lenses that are worn only at night during sleep. They help change the shape of the eye. 

Come to Helmus Optometry in Davis, CA. All our optometrist can help you and your family with myopia control. 

Testimonials

  • This was my first time getting glasses & I was very pleased with how lovely the staff was! In addition, all of my questions were answered thoroughly & I loved how in-depth my prescription was described to me. The selection of glasses is wonderful! Love, love, love Helmus Optometry! 

    - Andi V.
  • My experience with Dr. Joann Helmus and the team at Helmus Optometry was excellent from start to finish. Office staff were kind and professional. I was confident in the quality and thoroughness of Dr. Helmus' exam. I have already recommended the practice to others. Many thanks to Helmus Optometry for the excellent care!

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  • For over twenty years I have seen Dr. Joann Helmus annually as my optometrist. The very high standard of service and technical knowledge of both doctor and staff has never wavered. Consistently modernizing their examination equipment in providing the most up-to-date exams and accurate prescriptions. Their selection of eyeglass frames is most complete range of style choices. The staff are very knowledgeable of insurance allowances, and discussed with me the many options available. Have many times and will continue recommending this outstanding optometric office to family and friends.

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  • Great optometrist. Fast and quality service always.

    - Logan K.
  • Extremely professional, kind, helpful, staff from top to bottom! Exam was thorough and well diagnosed. Best glasses fitting ever, and that is with progressives. Quick service. I feel staff is very knowledgeable and willing to go to any extent to spend time with you and be helpful. Just moved to Davis and this is a great find. Highly recommend!!

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  • My family have been coming here for years! Always exceptional service and spend the time to figure our insurance coverage details. Highly recommended!!!

    - Pete K.
  • Everyone was so nice and accommodating. Dr. Helmus was very sweet and took the time to really talk to me like a person and not just another dollar sign. They also had a nice selection of glasses in many different styles and price ranges. Most insurance policies are covered here as well. Definitely a plus! They'll always have my business! 

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    Read More - Allyson C.

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