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Orthokeratology and Your Child’s Vision

Orthokeratology and Your Child’s Vision

There are few things more distressing to a parent than watching their child struggle with physical issues that they can’t quite fully explain. Being able to pinpoint a vision problem and the extent of said problem can be especially frustrating for parents as full knowledge of how that child really sees can be elusive as vision of course, is highly relative and extremely subjective to the individual themselves. Children can go for years without understanding that their vision is actually compromised and corrective lenses are needed. Obviously, regular eye exams by a qualified optometrist in Clarkston is the best way to avoid unchecked eye and vision problems, but what happens if your child’s vision continues to worsen? What options does a parent have to help stop the worsening of eye issues?

When it comes to myopia and hyperopia, much research has been dedicated to finding how orthokeratology can lessen the worsening of decreased vision in children. In one study of 16 myopic children, between the ages of 11 and 16, orthokeratology contact lenses were shown to dramatically reduce existing myopia in the central 20-degree visual field. These children were shown to have changes comparable to myopic adults after corneal refractive therapy.

Orthokeratology therapy, shown to slow the worsening of vision in children is also beneficial as it is a safe treatment that allows children to experience clear vision free of glasses or daytime contacts. Children and teens alike are able to participate in sports and activities without the worry of corrective lenses, lessening vision costs to their parents over time. Children also experience better self-esteem and higher confidence by not having to wear glasses that alter their appearance.

A thorough eye exam at our office in Troy is required to find out if your child is a candidate for orthokeratology and will need a fitting, but can start experiencing better vision within just a few weeks of wearing the night time lenses. Schedule your child’s eye exam by calling Premier Eye Care at 248-241-6537.


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