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Myopia, Ortho-K and your Child

Myopia and Your Child

What you should know

Myopia, or nearsightedness, is an increasingly common condition that makes it hard to see things far away.

  • In the Americas over 40% of the population is Myopic
  • In certain Asian countries over 90% of high-schoolers are Myopic
  • By 2050 it is predicted that approximately 50% of the world/s population will be Myopic

What does it mean?

In addition to needing stronger prescription eyeglasses or contacts to see with, sufferers of myopia have significantly greater risks of developing cataracts, glaucoma and retinal tears, detachments, and certain types of macular degeneration.  Although these problems usually don’t occur until later in life, the development of nearsightedness during childhood and the way this affects the structure of the eye, is what makes them more likely.

Today, there is something you can do to help your children

Myopia Prevention is possible- by limiting time on electronic devices, spending more active time outside and getting regular eye exams, you can reduce the risk of your children developing myopia.

If your children have already been diagnosed with myopia, a variety of techniques are now available to treat the condition to slow or halt its progression.  These include low dose atropine eye drops, specially designed soft contact lenses and orthokeratology (ortho-k).  Each of these can be effective in myopia management and control, with ortho-k having the added advantage of allowing clear daytime vision without glasses or contacts.

Each year brings exciting new research and allows us to learn more and more, and to do more and more to help.  We love sharing what we’ve learned and helping others understand that we don’t have to sit back and let myopia happen.  We can meet it, and often, we can beat it.

See the graphics below for a great summary.

Daniel Price and Dr. JA Testimonial from Daniel's Parents:

The Ortho-K lenses have opened up a new world for Daniel. He was so reluctant to wear his glasses and didn't realize how much he was missing every day. The change in his vision has been remarkable and I would recommend them to anyone who would benefit. Daniel often comments on how different things look when they're in focus, and how great it is to be able to read signs and subtitles. His reaction times in tennis and baseball are so much quicker, because he can see the ball well before it gets to him. Wearing them at night is also much easier for him because he is so active and he doesn't have to worry about losing them at school or on the baseball field. Best of all, he loves having normal vision!

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Protecting our Patients from Coronavirus Disease Outbreak

Making sure our patients and staff are safe is our top priority. While the risk of getting the COVID-19 in the US is currently low, we know many patients are concerned about the spread of Coronavirus.

Our Promise to Our Patients:

We understand the obvious concern that coronavirus has brought to the area. We want to make you aware of the steps we are taking to protect our patients and team members in this time of uncertainty.

We request the following of patients:

  1. If you have traveled in the last 14 days to a country other than the U.S. where coronavirus has been diagnosed, or to any area in this country that has had a number of cases of concern (eg, Seattle, DC-NY metro area, parts of CA, etc…) please call the office to reschedule your appointment for next month or beyond.
  2. If you have any symptoms that mimic that of the coronavirus, which includes a fever or respiratory symptoms, including a cough, please call and reschedule your appointment at least 14 days from now.
  3. If you suspect that you have had direct contact with people who have been around any of the people who have tested positive for the coronavirus, please call us to reschedule your visit beyond 14 days from now.
  4. Remember to follow basic hygiene guidelines to avoid the spread of germs, which includes washing your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds.

Our staff will also follow these guidelines and will not be present at work if they exhibit any of the above-mentioned symptoms:

  1. Any eye doctor or team member who is sick is staying home
  2. We sanitize every piece of equipment after each use and again at the end of the day (as part of our precautions we always adhere to).
  3. We will sanitize all patient contact surfaces between every patient.
  4. Our team washes their hands often throughout the day
  5. If we don’t shake hands with our patients during this time, please don’t take it personally.
  1. Please call us with any questions or concerns, and if you feel it best for you or your family member to reschedule your appointment, feel free to do so.
  2. We do expect this to be an ongoing situation in our area for an extended period of time, and do not want our patients to neglect their eye care needs during this time. We will continue to give recommendations based on the evidence we have on safe delivery of eye care in a time of uncertainty.

For the most up-to-date information on treatments, FAQs, news and more, please visit the following official health organizations:

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) at www.CDC.gov

World Health Organization (WHO) at www.WHO.int

Thank you for helping us to protect all of our patients.

Drs. Jacobs, Steckenrider and Staff