Myopia, or the inability to see objects in the distance, may start presenting itself when children are in elementary school. For many parents, their kids come home from school complaining about not being able to see the board or the same things on the playground that their friends could see.
Typically, the next thing that many parents do is schedule an eye exam. For many years, the eye doctor would perform the exam and send the child home with a prescription for glasses. The optometrist would then warn the parents that the child's eyesight would continue to get worse until the child stopped growing. However, there are now treatment options that can slow, or even stop, the progression of myopia in kids. We at Fletcher Family Eyecare serving Jonesboro, AR, know a lot about myopia control.
Means of Controlling Myopia
There are options for myopia control in children. A new type of eye drop is now available that contains a protein that slows down the growth and changes of the eyes.
As a child grows, their eyes grow and change as well. For children who have myopia, this means that their eyes will continue to get worse. In some cases, this means that a child who only needed glasses occasionally will need glasses all the time.
Prescription eye drops can stop the eyes from continuing to change, essentially freezing the progress of myopia. While myopia usually cannot be reversed in kids, it can be stopped. That means the earlier that a child can be diagnosed with myopia and started on myopia control, the less likely it is that they will need glasses all the time as an adult.
Get Myopia Control from Our Eye Doctor
If you're looking for an optometrist in Jonesboro, AR, give our optometry office a call. Our eye doctor can help you and your child to determine the exact problem with their vision and work towards getting it corrected. Call us at (870) 930-9200 for Fletcher Family Eyecare for more information or to schedule an appointment with our eye doctor.