Multifocal Contact Lenses At Visionary Eye Care
Multifocal contact lenses are not just for those of us over 40 anymore! Several studies and our own clinical experience at Visionary Eye Care have shown that myopic (near-sighted) children who wear multifocal contact lenses worsen about 40% more slowly than myopic children who wear distance-only glasses or contact lenses. Multifocal contact lenses are less effective than atropine drops and ortho-k in terms of myopia control, but they are easier to implement.
It is thought that the stronger the multifocal add (this helps near vision), the better the myopia control. However, as the multifocal add is increased, and near vision improves, the blurrier the distance vision becomes. So, we often must try different designs and powers to find the lens that offers the best combination of clarity and myopia control. This is well worth the effort when one considers that severely myopic adults have more than double the risk of glaucoma and early cataracts and at least ten times the risk of retinal detachment, as well as the reduction in quality of life that goes with being completely dependent on glasses and contact lenses.
Contact Our Office to Learn More About Myopia Control
If you have any questions about whether myopia control therapy is right for you or your child, or how multi-focal contacts may help, call Visionary Eye Care today at 813-425-9596.