Slowing Myopia Progression for Better Sight
Myopia is a common eye condition across the globe, and the numbers keep climbing. Researchers estimate that nearly half the world’s population will have myopic vision by 2050.
The exact cause of myopia is unknown, but genetics and environmental factors may play a part. What we do know is how to curb its advancement in children. Visit us at OPT Optometric to see what we can offer to help control your child’s myopia.
What Is Myopia?
Myopia is sometimes called nearsightedness. It’s a condition where objects close to the viewer are clear and in focus, but objects in the distance are hard to see clearly.
Myopia is a refractive error that causes light passing through the eye not to focus in the right place. The problem is caused by an eyeball that is too long from back to front or a cornea that’s too curved.
The Importance of Controlling Myopia Early
At this time, there is no known cure for myopia—but we have learned how to slow its progression.
Myopia control is a therapy offered to children. It’s most effective at a young age because the eye is still growing and developing. If myopia is left to progress with no intervention, it can become high myopia. High myopia increases the risk of vision-threatening conditions like glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachment.
Our Myopia Control Techniques
At OPT Optometric, we use different types of contact lenses to help curb myopia and set your child on the path to better distance vision.
Multifocal contacts are a type of soft lens with 2 different sections for correcting vision. The outer ring brings light from the periphery into the center of the eye, and the inner ring corrects for nearsightedness. The different sections work in tandem to help slow down the elongation of the eye.
These contacts offer myopia correction for kids while allowing them to be free of frames.
Otho-k contacts (short for orthokeratology) are rigid gas permeable contacts that are worn overnight. They gently reshape the cornea while sleeping, leaving vision clearer in the morning.
This contact type may take some time to adjust to since they’re rigid, but that also makes them long-lasting and durable.
We are proudly located in the Mission district.
A bike lock station is located in front of our office. We are a short walk from the 24th Street/Mission BART Station, or metered street parking is available.
To ensure the best one on one experience we are currently scheduling appointments for all in office visits.
- 1415 Valencia St.
- San Francisco, CA 94110
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Saturday: Styling appointments available
- Sunday: Closed