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Back To School Eye Exams

It’s back to school season and you want to make sure your child is ready to enter the classroom on the right foot. If your child passes the vision screening given at school, you’re probably good to go. But if your child does not pass, it’s important to book an appointment to see if there’s something more urgent going on. If there is a family history of eye conditions, such as parents with high prescriptions of myopia, or nearsightedness, then your child may qualify for Ortho-K treatment, a night-contact lens that helps to manage myopia. Of course, if your child already wears a high prescription due to nearsightedness, we recommend scheduling an evaluation to see if your child qualifies for Ortho-K.

But what are the dangers of nearsightedness?

A good analogy is to think of your child’s eye as a building structure. If the structure of a building is at risk of getting worse, it’s important to strengthen it so it does not collapse. The same is true of myopia- the progression of nearsightedness can ruin the structure of your child’s eye, thus creating room for other diseases to occur. As a parent, it’s important to be aware of the risks of myopia in your child because of the future risk of eye diseases, such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, and cataracts. These risks are pretty well-established, so if we can work together to prevent myopia, we can likely prevent these risks as well. The good news is that Ortho-K is a proven option that may reduce your child’s nearsightedness. Schedule an appointment today to discover how to best manage your child’s eye health.

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