Myopia Control


Myopia Control Can Help Safeguard Your Vision

Myopia is one of the most common refractive errors found around the planet, and the number of patients with myopia is only expected to grow. Recent research estimates that by the year 2050, myopia cases will rise by 140% and will affect about half of the world’s population!

Despite the widespread growth of myopia, there are steps we can take to help mitigate and manage your myopia and help keep your prescription low.

Please book your appointment today to see how we can help you with your myopia so you can get back to seeing great!

What is Myopia

Myopia, sometimes called nearsightedness, is a refractive error that prevents patients from seeing distant objects clearly while leaving their close vision untouched. Myopia typically develops during early childhood and often worsens with age.

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long, or the cornea is too steep. This causes light entering the eye to focus in front of the retina instead of on it, causing blurry distance vision. As you grow older, your eye increases in size and this can lead to more severe myopia.

The best way to tell if you have myopia is by visiting your optometrist for a comprehensive eye exam. They can detect this common refractive error using a series of tests and suggest tools (such as glasses or contact lenses) to provide you with clear vision.

Other Symptoms of Myopia

Alongside the inability to see distant objects clearly, you may also experience:

  • Headaches
  • Eye irritation and discomfort

However, these symptoms are typically caused by outdated prescriptions. Keeping your prescription up to date reduces eye strain since your eyes no longer need to work as hard to provide you with clear vision.

Myopia Control Strategies

Myopia typically develops during early childhood. Research estimates that around 30% of Canadian children between 11 and 13 have some degree of myopia. The problem is that when myopia develops this early, it can affect your child’s development unless steps are taken to ensure their prescription stays up to date.

To help manage childhood myopia, we offer MiSight 1 Day contact lenses that help slow the progression of the condition. As children grow, so do their eyes. This causes myopic eyes to become even more elongated, or the back walls to become even steeper, causing vision to become worse. MiSight contact lenses aim to help reduce focusing strain by providing children with clear vision. This discourages the eyes from growing longer and can help preserve clear vision.

Myopia progresses as we become older, but that doesn’t mean nothing can be done to slow its progression. Ortho-K contact lenses work to decrease the rate at which the lenses of your eyes curve as they grow. The lenses work by flattening the cornea of the eye temporarily. The flattened cornea allows light that enters the eye to be focused on the retina rather than in front of it.

Ortho-K lenses are worn overnight and then removed in the morning. The newly flattened cornea retains its shape throughout the day. However, Ortho-K lenses need to be worn every night if you want to continue to enjoy clear vision without the need for glasses or daytime contact lenses.

Visit Us Today

Our office is conveniently located just off College Ave West, right next door to the Guelph Campus Co-operative, and right across the street from OVC Small Animal Clinic. We offer plenty of parking right in front of our clinic. To enter, take the turnoff on to Borden St and come in from behind our building. You can then easily circle in front of the clinic to park!

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Guelph, Ontario N1G 1R7

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