Vision Therapy in St. Cloud

Scientific Research on Myopia Management

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Exploring the Science Behind Nearsightedness

Myopia, often known as nearsightedness, is a common vision disorder affecting millions worldwide. While genetics play a significant role, environmental factors contribute to its progression, with high myopia posing serious risks to eye health.

Researchers and clinicians worldwide are committed to finding solutions to tackle the rising myopia epidemic. Scientific research and clinical trials deepen our understanding of this condition and allow for effective management strategies.

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Understanding Myopia Progression

Myopia typically results from axial lengthening in the eye. To address this, researchers have focused on several promising areas:

  • Spectacle Correction

    Glasses have long been studied to inhibit myopia progression. However, while some designs have shown promise, not all have been clinically effective. Recent advancements like the Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) spectacle lens, designed to induce myopic defocus, have yielded encouraging results. Reducing axial length by 0.30 mm over two years offers a potential solution for myopia control, particularly for children.

  • Outdoor Sunlight

    Increasing outdoor time during school has shown a modest but tangible effect on reducing myopia progression. Studies suggest that 40 extra minutes of outdoor exposure daily can make a significant difference. However, the implementation has been challenging, and more research is needed to evaluate the long-term impact across diverse populations.

  • Low-dose Atropine

    Low-dose atropine treatment has gained popularity, particularly after studies like the Atropine for the Treatment of Myopia (ATOM) series. While the 0.01% concentration has shown effectiveness, the Low-Concentration Atropine for Myopia Progression (LAMP) study suggests that higher concentrations may offer more profound results. Atropine is easy to implement, especially for young children, with minimal side effects. However, long-term data regarding potential ocular toxicity is still pending.


Controlling Myopia with Contact Lenses

In recent years, contact lenses have emerged as a promising avenue for myopia control:

  • Orthokeratology

    Orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses, worn overnight to reshape the cornea temporarily, have shown promise in reducing axial elongation by 55% after 24 months. However, these lenses have limitations and may not correct higher levels of myopia.

  • MiSight Contact Lenses

    The FDA-approved daily wear MiSight lens is a breakthrough in myopia control. Its dual-focus design creates myopic defocus and has demonstrated a reduction in myopia progression and axial length. This daily disposable lens offers an alternative to ortho-k, providing clear vision during the day without lenses. The ongoing MiSight clinical trial aims to provide more insights into its long-term efficacy and safety.

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- Apr. 23, 2024
Very kind, patient, helpful and I never have to wait long to get in.
- Mar. 30, 2024
The team's professionalism is exceeded only by their commitment to total customer satisfaction! Rod... Pederson
- Feb. 06, 2024
Professional and friendly staff.
- Nov. 02, 2023
Really great experience! New glasses came in super fast & dr.kim was super nice and kind
- Oct. 26, 2023
I had an excellent eye exam with Dr. Watson. She was careful to explain each step in the evaluation ... and she carefully answered all the questions I had. I will definitely be staying under her care.
- Oct. 26, 2023
Been receiving care at Northway Eye for over 10 years…great care.
- Jul. 20, 2023
Great staff who are friendly and knowledgeable. Bonus...NOT a CentraDONTCare affiliate.
- Jul. 06, 2023
Examination by D Matthew Andeson, assisted by Jen, office Megan and eyeglasses Sarah. The examinati... on was thorough, and answered any questions I might have had. The staff was helpful in submission of a referal to a surgeon, and in selecting glasses frames. The cost was very low in comparison to dentist and doctor exams, no one should feel denied this excellent exam for financial reasons. Thank you.
- Jun. 12, 2023
They're super nice and helpful. Thank you!
- May. 27, 2023
Friendly and knowledgeable people
- May. 25, 2023
Love the people! Environment is fun, clean and professional. I would recommend to others!
- May. 05, 2023
excellent service and very friendly and helpful
- Apr. 03, 2023
Dr. Watson and her staff are always pleasant and professional.
- Mar. 26, 2023
Dr Matthew was super friendly and knowledgeable. Great experience
- Mar. 16, 2023
very nice
- Mar. 04, 2023
I have been coming here since 2020 and have had a pleasant experience each time. Everyone here is so... professional, cheerful and kind. I had to reschedule due to a snow storm and they happily obliged. Everything was clean and beautifully decorated.. the waiting area was elegant and comfortable. I brought my three little children with to my appointment. Doctor Watson answered all of their eager questions with such kindness. They can't wait to get their eyes checked by her, too.
- Feb. 10, 2023
Great doctor and great staff!
- Jan. 25, 2023
Highly recommend
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- Jan. 13, 2023
Dr. Sufka is the best!

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Myopia Management in St. Cloud

Our optometry practice in St. Cloud

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Northway Eye & Contact Lenses Center: Pioneering Myopia Management

There have been various scientific breakthroughs in myopia management. However, the choice of treatment depends on the child's age, preferences, and eye condition.

At Northway Eye & Contact Lenses Center, we are committed to keeping up with the latest advances in myopia management research and providing you with the best possible care. Our top priority is your child's eye health. Visit us today and explore the latest advancements in myopia care for healthy eyes and clear vision.

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