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Myopia Control in Ottawa

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Prevent Worsening Vision in Children

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If you could help your child preserve their vision, why wouldn’t you do it? It may be safe to say that most parents want their children to see clearly for life.

Myopia is a common condition many children develop while their eyes are growing, and it can progress into adulthood. Also known as nearsightedness, myopia occurs when the eyeball grows too long from front to back or the cornea becomes too curved, causing light to not focus properly on the retina.

Fortunately, myopia progression can be controlled with the help of eyeDOCS.

Myopia, Explained

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Myopia causes objects in the distance to appear blurry. It is often called nearsightedness because objects up close (near) are visible.

If your child develops myopia, it means they will likely need glasses or contact lenses to help correct their vision. If it is left to progress, it could develop into high myopia later in life, which comes with added risks of developing eye conditions and diseases like glaucoma, cataracts, retinal tears, and more.

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Determining if Your Child Has Myopia

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Your child’s optometrist will be able to diagnose myopia at their comprehensive eye exam

Signs you may notice if your child is experiencing a vision problem include squinting to see, holding objects too close to their face, and complaints of blurred vision or tired eyes.

How eyeDOCS Can Help

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There are several ways eyeDOCS can help control myopia in children. The control method prescribed for your child will depend on their unique needs and what will work best for them.

Orthokeratology

Orthokeratology, or ortho-k, lenses gently reshape your child’s eyes while they sleep, providing clearer vision throughout the day. The lenses are worn at night and removed during the day.  These lenses are made of rigid gas permeable materials that allow oxygen to pass through the lens to the eye.

Using Hoya’s patented Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) Technology, MiyoSmart lenses are inserted into a pair of stylish and fun frames. These lenses create defocus areas to cue the eye to stop elongating—all while correcting the refractive error caused by myopia.

Myopia control contact lenses correct the refractive error caused by myopia and send the signal that it’s time for the eyes to slow their elongation.

MiSight 1 day lenses are suitable for children as young as 8 years old and have been shown to reduce myopia progression by 59%. MiSight uses 2 treatment zones to create myopic defocus, causing the image to focus in front of the retina, correcting vision to slow the elongation of the eye.

Low-dose atropine has been used to slow the contraction of the eye’s focusing mechanisms, causing the eyes to relax and cueing the eyes to slow their elongation progression. Atropine drops are applied to the eyes at night.

Multifocal lenses feature 2 sections to correct myopic vision and signal to the eyes that it is time to stop elongating. One section corrected the refractive error, providing clearer distance vision, and the other section adds focusing power to bring peripheral vision into focus in front of the retina.

Protecting Childhood Vision

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The first step to determining if your child has myopia is to have their eyes examined by an optometrist. eyeDOCS is proud to offer several myopia control methods to ensure your child is getting the most out of their vision. Schedule their appointment today.

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Find A Location In Ottawa

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eyeDOCS Barrhaven

Just off the Fallowfield Road exit of Highway 416, we provide eye care for all patients in this area. Services are available in English and French.

  • 4100 Strandherd Dr
  • Ottawa, ON K2J 0V2

eyeDOCS Kanata

Find us across from the Kanata Research Park and down the street from the Richcraft Recreation Centre. Services are available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

  • 700 March Rd
  • Ottawa, ON K2K 2V9

eyeDOCS Preston

Find us in the expanding community of Little Italy for accessible eye care services. Our optometrists can provide appointments in English and French.

  • 351 Preston St
  • Ottawa, ON K1S 1V6

eyeDOCS Riverside South

In the heart of Riverside South conveniently serving: Manotick, Greely, and Barrhaven. We are happy to treat the surrounding communities for all their optical needs in English or French.

  • 4452 Limebank Rd
  • Ottawa, ON K1V 2N8

eyeDOCS Ottawa

Our flagship office is located in Alta Vista near Billings Bridge Shopping Centre. Services are available in English, French, Mandarin, Spanish, and Portuguese.

  • 1285 Kilborn Ave
  • Ottawa, ON K1H 6K9

eyeDOCS Westboro

Find us in the heart of the Westboro Village on Richmond Road near the corner of Eden Avenue. We provide services in English, French, Cantonese, and Spanish.

  • 298 Richmond Road
  • Ottawa, ON K1Z 6X5
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