Myopia Management

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What Is Myopia?

Myopia affects the ability to see clearly at a distance, hence its common name “nearsightedness”. An individual with myopia may have great vision when it comes to focusing on things close-up but has trouble focusing on objects farther away.

Myopia is one of the types of refractive error – a problem where light is not focused accurately on the retina due to the shape of the eye. With myopia, light is focused in front of the retina, creating blurry distance vision.

Myopia in children is most commonly caused by the eyes growing too quickly, or continuing to grow after the age of 10-12 when eye growth should normally stop.

What Risks Are Associated With Myopia?

Besides the inconvenience of being dependent on spectacles or contact lenses to see clearly, there are higher risks of certain eye diseases associated with myopia. Patients with myopia are more likely to develop several serious conditions, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Retinal detachment
  • Myopic maculopathy (also called myopic macular degeneration)

This eye health risk of myopia remains even if a person opts to correct their near-sightedness surgically (e.g. LASIK). And the greater the amount of myopia, the greater the risk:

Myopia Management For Children

While myopia can have extremely adverse effects, there are now several different ways to help prevent, manage, and control its progression.

Controlling Myopia

The most important thing you can do to help safeguard your child’s vision is to ensure they go for annual eye exams. These exams allow your child’s optometrist to track changes in their eye health and vision, and ensure their prescription is kept up to date.

Outdoor activity has been shown to be correlated with later onset and possibly reduced progression of myopia, so at least 1-2 hours of outdoor time every day is recommended for all children. Appropriate amounts and the focusing distance of your child’s near activities are also important.

Research has developed ways for us to slow the progression of myopia by slowing the growth of the eye. One method is optical in nature, manipulating the way light focuses in the eye using glasses or contact lenses. The other method is pharmaceutical, using medication eye drops.

Optical method of myopia control: light is focused accurately on the central retina to provide clear vision, but the peripheral focus is manipulated to help signal the eye not to grow as quickly.

Myopia Management at Cowichan Eyecare

At Cowichan Eyecare we have developed a Myopia Management program to help protect the future of your child’s vision. We have invested in specialized equipment including corneal topography and a Zeiss IOL Master to accurately measure eye length (axial length) to provide the highest level of myopia control care.

We offer treatment with the following strategies:

  • Multifocal soft contact lenses including the MiSight daily disposable lens that is Health Canada approved for myopia control.
  • Orthokeratology or “Ortho-K” contact lenses. These specially shaped hard contact lenses are custom designed for your child to gently reshape the eye overnight and offer clear vision the next day without the need to wear glasses or contact lenses.
  • Low dose atropine eye drops. These medication drops are instilled nightly and are thought to interact with receptors that help control eye growth in various tissues of the eye.
  • Eyeglasses that have specialized focusing properties such as the MiyoSmart design.

Please contact us for further information or to book your child for a Myopia Management Consult.

Our Technology

OCT, or optical coherence tomography, is a type of image testing used to photograph the retina. Our retinas have ten different layers, and the thickness of each can be accurately measured using this technology.

OCT helps us determine whether your eye is healthy and gives us the information we need to treat any problems thoroughly and effectively. OCT is used to guide treatment for diseases such as glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic eye disease.

Optomap is another piece of technology we can use to analyze your retinas. This revolutionary tool gives us an ultra-wide view of your retina and does not require dilation drops.

The images taken are stored for future reference so that we can keep track of changes in your eye structure, no matter how small. This allows for early diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases that may not present with symptoms until their later stages.

Take Control of Your Child’s Vision

For more information on any of the above treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about myopia and how it may affect you or a loved one.

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Our Services

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Langford and Area

Our Address

2968 Jacklin Rd
Victoria, BC V9B 0A3

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Phone: 778.440.3931
[email protected]

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
10 AM6 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
9 AM5 AM
Sunday
Closed

Contact Us

Phone: 778.440.3931
[email protected]

Our Address

2968 Jacklin Rd
Victoria, BC V9B 0A3

Our Hours

Monday
9 AM5 PM
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
10 AM6 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Saturday
9 AM5 AM
Sunday
Closed

Duncan and Area

Duncan location at Beverly Corners. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2

Contact Us

Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Hours

Mondays
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM2 PM
Sunday
Closed

Duncan location at Beverly Corners. We are right next to Thrifty Foods.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.748.3937
Fax: 250.597.3456

Our Address

Unit 2 – 2755 Beverly Street
Duncan, BC V9L 6X2

Our Hours

Mondays
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Wednesdays
8:30 AM8 PM
Thursdays
8:30 AM5 PM
Fridays
8:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM2 PM
Sunday
Closed

Chemainus and Area

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Hours

Monday
8:45 AM6 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM5 PM
Friday
8:45 AM5 PM
Weekend
Closed

We look forward to serving you at our Chemainus location. Find us just off of Maple Lane and Croft Street.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.246.3405
Fax: 250.246.3408

Our Address

Unit 106 – 9844 Croft Street
Chemainus, BC V0R 1K0

Our Hours

Monday
8:45 AM6 PM
Tuesday
8:45 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8:45 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:45 AM5 PM
Friday
8:45 AM5 PM
Weekend
Closed

Cobble Hill and Area

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3

Contact Us

Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM8 PM
Thursday
7:45 AM8 PM
Friday
7:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM2 PM
Sunday
closed

We can’t wait to meet you at our Cobble Hill location. We are located off of Cowichan Bay Road, located close to Drumroasters Coffee.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.743.8899
Fax: 250.743.8898

Our Address

Unit 56 – 1400 Cowichan Bay Rd
Cobble Hill, BC V0R 1L3

Our Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM8 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM8 PM
Thursday
7:45 AM8 PM
Friday
7:30 AM5 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM2 PM
Sunday
closed

Lake Cowichan and Area

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Weekends
Closed

We are conveniently located in the plaza off of Stanley Road and Cowichan Lake Road. Find us between the IDA Island Pharmacy #2 and Resonance Hearing Clinic.

Contact Us

Phone: 250.749.4440
Fax: 250.749.4448

Our Address

44 Stanley Road
Lake Cowichan, BC V0R 2G0

Our Hours

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
9 AM5 PM
Wednesday
9 AM5 PM
Thursday
9 AM5 PM
Friday
9 AM5 PM
Weekends
Closed

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