About Vision Correction
Why does someone become nearsighted?
What are my options ?
There are safe and effective ways to improve vision, for both Adults and for Children who are becoming more nearsighted!
Many children have good eye health, but as they grow, their visual system may change, and this affects the way they see. If a child becomes nearsighted (myopia), objects at distance, for example, the blackboard, become blurry. Eyeglasses or contact lenses "compensate" so we can bring vision back into focus, but they do not "correct" the visual problem. It is common for the eyeglass prescription to become greater (worse) each year and a higher (stronger) prescription is needed.
Many people think that LASIK (Laser Vision Correction) "permanently" corrects one’s vision, the side effects can be significant and are often overlooked and are often minimized by LASIK surgeons. Dry Eye occurs in nearly 100% of those who have had LASIK surgery. Ectasia means that the cornea bulges because it is now thin after the surgery. LASIK surgery typically doesn’t last forever and many people are told they need an "enhancement" (a 'touch-up') because the vision changes. Presbyopia (40-itis) affects nearly everyone past 40, and most people find the need for eyeglasses or some way to help them see better at near. The effects of LASIK surgery can vary year to year. Many individuals notice their eyes change as they hit their 40s and 50s. Once the cornea is altered by LASIK surgery, then standard contact lenses no longer work, because they are designed for a normally shaped cornea.
Vision Correction through Orthokeratology
Orthokeratology is a special lens technology that re-shapes the cornea while you sleep, using customized overnight contact lenses. Orthokeratology is an FDA approved non-surgical means to help people who are nearsightedness, farsightedness, and even those that have astigmatism. For most people, vision remains crystal clear throughout the day.
Orthokeratology can be used for continual effective vision correction no matter how your eyes may change. This is FDA approved for children as well and will actually slow the effects of myopia. Children are able to see clearly all day in school and while playing sports.
Vision Therapy and Vision Correction
The most common reason someone becomes nearsightedness is due to difficulty in physically focusing or difficulty in using the 2 eyes together as a team (binocularity).
Accommodation is the ability to physically focus the lens in the eye when we look at reading material or at a computer. When we look at distance, for example, a child looking at the board in school, we must relax and change the focus of the lens in the eye. When someone has difficulty with the accommodation system, that often leads to someone becoming nearsighted.
When we read, we must point our eyes IN (converge), and when we look at a distance, such as the board in school, we must point our eyes OUT (diverge). When someone has difficulty converging and diverging, that too often leads to someone becoming nearsighted.
Children commonly spend a considerable amount of time indoors, using computers, smart phones, or video games. If the visual system does not function well when focusing (accommodation) or fusing (binocular vision), that can then cause a child to become nearsighted.
Vision Therapy enables a child to develop the visual skills needed to be able to focus and defocus, and to be able to use the 2 eyes in a coordinated manner. Vision Therapy is brain-based therapy. It is the brain that tells the eyes how and where to focus.
In addition to addressing vision improvement, Vision Therapy is also implemented in other conditions, such as when someone has an eye that may turn (strabismus) or amblyopia (lazy eye). It enables those who have learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, reading problems, by improving the needed visual skills for schoolwork and everyday life.
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