Myopia Control in the Des Moines Metro Area

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Curbing the Effects of Myopia

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a widespread optical condition affecting 40% of Americans. Myopia can occur in people of any age, but children are in a unique position to slow the progression of myopia. 

Since children are still growing, we can control the growth of their eyes to prevent more serious myopia later in life. Shaping their eyes while they’re young can’t reverse myopia, but it can slow it down to prevent it from becoming high myopia

Regular children’s eye exams can catch myopia when it begins to develop, allowing us to start controlling it as soon as possible!

 Call our clinic to start your child’s myopia control journey!

An Overview of Myopia

Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness. If your child has myopia, they are likely able to see things near to them clearly. The problem arises when trying to focus on objects in the distance.

Myopia occurs if the eye is too long or the cornea too steep. These shapes create a refractive error, where focused light falls in front of the retina instead of directly on it.

How We Control Myopia

There are many options for myopia control. At our clinic, we prefer to use contact lenses in 2 different styles designed for myopia control in kids.

MiSight® Contact Lenses

MiSight® contact lenses are daily disposable contact lenses that both correct your child’s vision and prevent the progression of myopia. They are appropriate for children as young as 8 years old, and the single-use style makes them kid-friendly—no hassle to properly clean and store contacts!

Corneal refractive therapy (CRT) contact lenses are worn overnight. They use orthokeratology technology to alter the cornea’s shape during sleep. These therapeutic lenses are effective enough that no corrective lenses are needed during the day.

Shape Your Child’s Vision for a Bright Future

Set your little one on the path to clear sight with myopia control. Please call one of our offices to see what we can do for your child’s vision.

Our Locations

Altoona

  • 1005 8th St SW, Suite A.
  • Altoona, IA 50009

Ankeny

  • 111 NW 9th St
  • Ankeny, IA 50023

Johnston

  • 5501 NW 86th St., Suite 500
  • Johnston, IA 50131

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Have you ever wondered where that chart with the big E in every eye doctor’s office came from? The famous eye chart is actually called the Snellen Chart. It was named for the 19th-century Dutch ophthalmologist who first developed it. Glasses Before Eye Charts Glasses were invented in Italy around 1286, though they were fairly crude. […]

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Contact Lenses: All of the Options

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The views expressed in this post are that of Metro Eyecare. The author has no financial disclosures to make regarding this blog post. Any views or classifications of contact lenses are opinion only and may not reflect the views of the other doctors or intended by the manufacturer. So now that we know what we […]

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