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Q&A on Myopia Control with Dr. Lewis- Part 2

Here is part 2 of our Q&A on Myopia Control with Dr. Lewis

What is Ortho K/Contact Lenses and how does it control Myopia?

Ortho K contact lenses are custom fitted rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses that are designed to flatten the cornea overnight. These lenses are taken out upon awakening and the resulting vision is good enough to not need glasses during the day. Use of Ortho K contact lenses has also been shown to reduce or even halt the progression of myopia.

My child is too young for Contact lenses, should they wait to begin myopia control?

One myopia control option for children that are too young for contact lenses is the use of the eyedrop Atropine. Atropine has been used for decades in eyecare as a dilating drop. Studies have shown that the use of Atropine in very low concentrations (such as 0.01%) can significantly reduce the progression of myopia without the side effects of dilation.

What lifestyle changes can be made to lower the progression of Myopia?

Increased time spent outdoors has been correlated with a reduction of risk for myopia development. So get those kids regular outdoor time! Reducing the amount of nearpoint eyestrain put on the eyes would also be advised. This would include reducing the use of phones, tablets, and handheld gaming devices.

I have heard that Myopia is being called an epidemic. Do you think so? And if so why is the prevalence increasing so dramatically?

Myopia rates continue to rise, so calling myopia an epidemic is not an overstatement. In fact, over 10 million American children have myopia, nearly double the incidence rate of myopia as compared to only two decades ago. It is expected that 40% of children will be myopic worldwide by 2050. The reason for this increase is not fully understood, but genetics (having myopic parents) and environment (using your eyes excessively for near vision tasks such as phones and tablets) are likely the major factors behind the myopia epidemic.

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Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD