Myopia Control in Wasaga Beach

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Myopia Control Can Protect Your Child’s Vision

Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition affecting nearly 30% of Canadians. With myopia, far-away objects are difficult to see, and nearby objects appear clearly. Severe cases of myopia increase the risks of several health issues.

Myopia can worsen during childhood, leading to a reliance on heavy prescriptions alongside other health concerns. Many predict a significant rise in myopia cases, and eye exams are more important than ever to protect your child’s vision.

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What is Myopia?

Myopia is a common eye condition typically caused by abnormally shaped eyes. When the eyeball is too long, or the cornea’s curvature is too steep, entering light cannot properly focus. Instead of light focusing on the retina, it focuses in front of the retina.

Other factors may influence myopia development, including:

If your child is experiencing myopia symptoms, they may not be aware. Children may not even know they have a visual problem if they’re used to them. Keeping an eye out for common myopia symptoms can help you determine when you need a trip to the eye doctor:

  • Sitting close to digital screens (television, computers)
  • Frequent headaches
  • Frequent squinting
  • Holding books close to their face when reading
  • Difficulty focusing in school

What is Myopia Progression?

Anyone can experience myopia, but the condition generally progresses in childhood. Children’s eyes grow as they do, potentially causing a minor case of myopia to develop into a more severe form in adulthood.

Severe cases of myopia are known as high myopia. Your prescription is measured in diopters, and anything above -5.00 diopters is considered high myopia. There is an increased risk of several eye conditions with high myopia, including:

With treatment, myopia progression may be slowed or reduced. Regular, single vision eyeglasses cannot slow myopic progression; they can only correct vision. Myopia control focuses on slowing or potentially stopping eyeball growth, protecting your child’s vision.

Myopia Progression is a Serious Concern

High myopia increases the risk of developing several eye conditions causing possible blindness, and the risk increases with age. Myopia is more prevalent than ever, and this condition is progressing faster and developing younger than in previous generations. The average age for myopia development is 6 to 7 years old.

Almost a third of myopia cases in children go undiagnosed and uncorrected. When a child’s refractive error is not corrected, their development may suffer. Approximately 80% of learning is visual for children, and vision problems can lead to:

  • Slower learning
  • Frustration with learning
  • Higher risk of school dropout
  • Negative self-image

With treatment, myopia progression may be slowed or reduced. Regular, single vision eyeglasses cannot slow myopic progression; they can only correct vision. Myopia control focuses on slowing or potentially stopping eyeball growth, protecting your child’s vision. 

Myopia Control Treatments

Myopia progression can negatively impact your child’s ocular health, and high myopia is becoming more common than before. You can prevent a prescription-heavy future for your child by seeking myopia control treatments. With effective care, you can avert the development of high myopia and reduce your child’s risk of eye disease later in life. 

There are many ways to control myopia progression, and contact lens therapy is becoming a popular choice. A more recent technology, soft contact lenses, can reduce myopia progression by up to 50%. These lenses are easily fitted and worn throughout the entire day before being taken out at night. 

Some effective forms of myopia control include: 

MiyoSmart lenses utilize defocus incorporated multiple segments (DIMS) technology to correct myopia and slow down progression in children. The lens’s central zone corrects vision while several ring-shaped zones surround the lens to slow myopia progression.

MiyoSmart lenses provide your child with simultaneous vision correction and myopia control. A three-year study found DIMS lenses can effectively slow myopia progression.

MyoVision lenses slow myopia progression using specially designed lenses. Crafted for children’s anatomy and lifestyle, the lenses ensure images correctly project onto the retina.

Using the concept of peripheral defocus management, MyoVision lenses correct the peripheral “hyperopic shift” affecting myopic eyes. This shift helps send a signal to the eye to reduce eye elongation, slowing myopia progression.

What You’ll find at Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

Excellent Eye Care in Wasaga Beach

Excellent Eye Care in Wasaga Beach

Many people still think that they need to commute to Barrie or the GTA to get the eye care they need. Our clinic – located in Wasaga Beach – has the equipment and staff needed to conduct comprehensive eye exams, specialized diagnostic testing, dress eyewear and sunglass styling and fitting, contact lens fittings, and more. Visit us in-store to see what we can do for you.

Many people still think that they need to commute to Barrie or the GTA to get the eye care they need. Our clinic – located in Wasaga Beach – has the equipment and staff needed to conduct comprehensive eye exams, specialized diagnostic testing, dress eyewear and sunglass styling and fitting, contact lens fittings, and more. Visit us in-store to see what we can do for you.

A Family Focused Optical Clinic

A Family Focused Optical Clinic

Our Optometrics are local to the Wasaga Beach area and are raising their own families here. Many eye diseases are best treated when caught and addressed early. For this reason, we stress the importance of preventative eye care for all family members

Our Optometrics are local to the Wasaga Beach area and are raising their own families here. Many eye diseases are best treated when caught and addressed early. For this reason, we stress the importance of preventative eye care for all family members

Advanced Technology

Advanced Technology

At GBOC we have advanced Imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.

At GBOC we have advanced Imaging equipment called the Cirrus HD-OCT (Optical Coherence Tomography). The OCT not only takes pictures of the eye, it can also take direct cross-sectional images of the retina and optic nerve thereby screening for eye disease such as macular degeneration, diabetic eye disease, and glaucoma. It is a very useful tool for early diagnosis and management of eye disease.

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Georgian Bay Optometry Clinic

You can find us on the corner of Mosley Street and 22nd Street North. Our clinic is wheelchair accessible and has ample parking. See us today!

Address

1026 Mosley Street
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 2G7

Contact Us

Phone: 705.422.0020
Fax: 705.422.0120
[email protected]

Hours

Monday
8 AM4 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM4 PM
Thursday
11 AM7 PM
Friday
8 AM4 PM
Saturday
Please call to confirm
Sunday
Closed
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