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Treatment of Shortsightedness

Are you concerned because your child needs stronger and stronger glasses?

Thanks to today’s technology we have a variety of choices to help!

The first step is to slow down the progression of the shortsightedness.  Once that is accomplished, the next step is to address the reason why the shortsightedness was getting worse, and in some cases we can reverse the shortsightedness.  The methods used to manage the shortsightedness will vary depending on the vision problem.

Shortsightedness ( Rabun Jauh近视 ) Lenses are used when children become shortsighted ( Rabun Jauh近视 ) too quickly.  In many cases the reason for shortsightedness ( Rabun Jauh近视 ) is because you or your child's eyes are working too hard up close.  Special reading glasses are prescribed to make it easier when your child is reading.  This typically slows down the progression of shortsightedness ( Rabun Jauh近视 ).  

Another way to slow down the worsening of shortsightedness includes special soft contact lenses which are worn during the day. 
In some cases, there are special drops which can be used daily to slow down the progression.
One of the most popular methods for control of shortsightedness is something called OrthoK, where your child wears special lenses at night that reshape the eyes (see below for more information).

Are you concerned that you or your child might become shortsighted?

Due to the amount of work children and adults have to perform daily on the computer, smart phones and tablets, there is actually a shortsightedness epidemic.  People are becoming shortsighted faster than ever before.  If you are not currently shortsighted, it is best to schedule an evaluation with our vision specialist, Mr. Tien, to determine if you are at risk of becoming shortsighted.  If you are at risk, he will review with you what you can do to prevent shortsightedness from occurring.

Correct children’s vision while they sleep – With safe, non-surgical, therapeutic contact lenses which are worn at night while sleeping, your children are able to enjoy clear vision without glasses or contacts ALL DAY. 

This process, called orthokeratology or orthoK, is very helpful for children whose prescription is continually getting stronger.  It provides a safe effective way to stop the shortsightedness from getting worse and make your child less dependent on contacts or glasses during the day.

Mr. Tien has been helping children slow down the speed that they were becoming shortsighted ( Rabun Jauh近视 ) by using this procedure.  Kids love it!  They are very active in sports, in addition to reading and studying a lot, and they love the freedom they have during the day without worrying about glasses or contacts. 

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Managing the Reason for Shortsightedness 

As we already mentioned, there are different reasons why people get shortsighted ( Rabun Jauh近视 ) too quickly.  Sometimes it is because their eyes are working too hard when they are reading or working on the computer.  Other times it is because their eyes don’t work together correctly (eye teaming).  In these cases, vision therapy is the only way to not only stop the short sightedness from getting worse, but it may even reverse it.

When vision therapy is needed, it can take anywhere from 20 weeks to a year to completely reverse the condition.  Most people can see improvement within 15 weeks, but they will still need the rest of the vision therapy sessions to complete the program.

Slowing Down the Progression of Shortsightedness

In most cases we are able to reduce the prescription as well as reverse the shortsightedness; however, as mentioned earlier it all depends on what is causing the shortsightedness.
The first step is to schedule an appointment with our vision specialist, Mr. Stanley Tien, and he will be able to let you know all of your treatment options.  He will also explain how quickly you can expect to see results.

Managing the Reason for the Progression of Shortsightedness

To address the reason for the shortsightedness a program of vision therapy is often the best approach.  Vision therapy re-trains the eyes, so they don’t have to work so hard when reading or doing other activities such as handwriting and working on the computer.

How does vision therapy work?

Typically vision therapy requires that you come to the office once a week and do special vision therapy exercises at home in between sessions. Most children and adults spend a lot of time on close up activities which make the eyes work harder (or cause the eye muscles to get tight), such as reading, writing, playing computer games, and using an ipad or iphone.  This makes it necessary to relax your eyes daily, which means the home vision therapy must be done every day.  

We find that patients that practice their eye exercise diligently get faster and better results than patients who do not diligently get the home vision therapy done regularly.

What’s the difference between Ortho-K and vision therapy for treating progressive myopia, and which one should I choose ?

The main difference between Ortho-K and vision therapy is that Ortho-K can usually stop the shortsightedness from getting worse.  However, you will be dependent on the Ortho-K help you stop progressing shortsighted for the rest of your life.   If you also use vision therapy which treats the reason the shortsightedness is getting worse, then you won’t need to continue using Ortho-K.

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