Help Your Child See the World Clearly
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error that causes distant objects to appear blurry. Nearly 30% of Canadians have myopia, making it the most common refractive error in Canada.
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long or the cornea becomes too steep. If the eye is too long or the cornea is too steep, light entering the eyes can’t reach the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye.
At Shelburne Optometry, we can help slow the progression of myopia with specialty lenses, state-of-the-art technology, and personalized treatment designed for you. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.
The Shelburne Difference
At Shelburne Optometry, we offer advanced diagnostic and treatment technology and therapies to provide you with the care you deserve.
Our doctors and staff bring years of experience dealing with myopia management and we want to ensure you and your child feel confident and comfortable at every visit. That’s why we get to know you and your family beyond your eye care needs. We believe the key to exceptional eye care is in the details. For eye care that goes above and beyond, book with Shelburne Optometry.
What Causes Myopia?
Myopia generally develops in children because their eyes are constantly growing and changing. But why do some people develop myopia while others don’t? What causes it in the first place?
Myopia can be easily diagnosed during a comprehensive children’s eye exam. Because uncorrected vision problems can lead to developmental delays and lifelong disadvantages, scheduling regular eye exams is the best way to ensure their eyes remain healthy and strong and won’t hold them back.
Your child should get an eye exam every year. Book their next appointment with us and find out if myopia control is right for your child.
Myopia Control Treatments
At this point, myopia can’t be prevented. However, because high myopia leads to an increased risk of retinal detachment, glaucoma, cataracts, and macular degeneration, some studies focus on slowing myopia progression.
For children with myopia, there are products available that have been shown to slow or stop myopia progression.
Bifocals and multifocal eyeglasses for young children are used to reduce accommodative effort, or effort needed to focus on near objects for long periods of time, which may be associated with uncoordinated eye growth. They are also non-invasive and easy to wear for younger children.
Multifocal contact lenses have shown to slow the progression of myopia in children. You may be concerned about your child wearing contact lenses, but the technology has come a long way. The daily disposable lenses recommended at Shelburne Optometry are easy to fit, easy to use, and effective.
Daily Contact Lenses
MiSight by CooperVision is a soft disposable contact lens for myopia management that is designed to be worn throughout the day. MiSight contact lenses have 2 treatment zones to correct myopia and prevent further elongation of the eyeball while providing clear vision.
Our eye doctors at Shelburne Optometry are certified to fit MiSight soft contact lenses for myopia control. These contacts are easy to fit, easy to use, and effective.
Atropine Eye Drops
Low-dose atropine has been proven successful at slowing myopia progression in children. However, the exact mechanism for how atropine works is complex and not fully understood.
Book Your Child for an Eye Exam
Many people manage their myopia successfully with eyeglasses, contact lenses, or vision correction surgery. However, if your child has been diagnosed with myopia, we recommend considering your myopia control options. Please book your child for an appointment to see how they may benefit from myopia control.
You can find our office at 802 Main Street East, Unit #7, in Shelburne, Ontario. We’re located in the strip mall off Dufferin Road 124 and Highway 10, beside the Tim Hortons.
- 802 Main Street East, Unit #7
- Shelburne, ON L9V 2Z5
- Phone: 519-925-3882
- Fax: 226-777-7150
- Email: [email protected]
- Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
- Friday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Saturday: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
- Sunday: Closed