Myopia Control

Cooper Eye Care -  - Optometry

Cooper Eye Care

Optometry located in Upper East Side, Manhattan, NY & Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is the most common refractive error of the eye, affecting upwards of 40% of Americans. At Cooper Eye Care in Upper East Side, and Dyker Heights, New York City, the team of expert optometrists provides myopia control, a way of combating nearsightedness, at their offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Even though there isn’t a cure for myopia, controlling it and curbing its progression provides immeasurable benefits, including relief from eye strain and headaches. To find out more, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Myopia Control Q & A

What is Myopia?

Myopia refers to a condition in which you can see objects up close clearly, but objects off in the distance appear blurry. Nearsightedness develops if your eyeball is too long or if the cornea, which is the clear front cover of your eye, is too curved. This means the light that enters your eye doesn’t get focused correctly, causing distant objects to appear blurred.

What Causes Myopia?

Even though myopia affects millions of people, the exact cause isn’t known. Family history does, however, appear to be a contributing factor to people with at least one parent who has myopia, making them likelier to get it themselves.

For the most part, myopia first develops in school-age children. Since your eyes continue to grow during childhood, myopia generally progresses until around age 20. Even though it’s most common in children and young adults, myopia may also develop in adults, mostly due to visual stress or health conditions, including diabetes.

How is Myopia Treated?

Despite the fact that myopia can’t be precisely cured, it can be controlled. Myopia control is a key part of the team’s work at Cooper Eye Care since nearsightedness is such a prevalent eye issue. The team can drastically improve your quality of life with a variety of excellent myopia control options.

What Are My Myopia Control Options?

Myopia control helps lead to positive changes in the structure and focusing of your eye that reduce stress and fatigue associated with the development and progression of nearsightedness. Options for myopia control available at Cooper Eye Care include:

  • Glasses and Contact Lenses: Eyeglasses are the most popular corrective choice for people with myopia. How often you need to wear glasses depends on the severity of your myopia. Contact lenses, specifically multifocal lenses, can correct myopia when you wear them
  • Orthokeratology: Orthokeratology refers to the use of uniquely designed gas permeable contact lenses that you can wear at night while you sleep. This can temporarily correct your myopia during your the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.
  • LASIK: LASIK is a popular surgical method used to control myopia. A laser beam of light reshapes your cornea by removing a small amount of eye tissue. The amount of myopia that LASIK can correct is limited by how much of your corneal tissue can be removed safely.
  • Vision Therapy: Vision therapy is another myopia control option, particularly if your optometrist determines your blurred long-range vision is caused by a spasm of the muscles responsible for eye focusing. The eye exercises in vision therapy can address poor eye focusing ability and restore optimal distance vision.

To learn more about your options for myopia control, call Cooper Eye Care or schedule a consultation online today.