Myopia Control in Chevy Chase & Washington, D.C.

Book Appointment

Let’s Get a Handle on Myopia

Myopia, also called nearsightedness, is one of the most common correctable vision problems, and cases of myopia are continually increasing. In the United States, childhood myopia cases have more than doubled in the last 50 years and show no signs of slowing down.

The sooner you come in, the sooner we can help you get a handle on myopia and work to correct or control it. Book an appointment and let’s get a handle on myopia.

What Is Myopia?

Myopia is a common refractive error that impacts our distance vision, commonly referred to as nearsightedness. If your eye is too long, or the inner surface of your eye is too steep, it causes the light entering your eye to focus in front of your retina instead of on it.

Myopia causes your distance vision to become blurry—thankfully this condition can be corrected using glasses or contact lenses.

While we can work to correct myopia, it does become progressively worse over time, which means you will need stronger glasses as you age in order to enjoy the same level of clear vision.

Myopia Control Methods

Eyes are continually changing, particularly during childhood, which causes your refractive error to become progressively worse over time. However, myopia can be controlled using a variety of methods, like wearing multifocal contacts or glasses, using atropine eye drops, or using ortho-k lenses.

Multifocal Lenses

Multifocal lenses, available as contacts or eyeglasses, are specialized lenses that have different prescriptions on different zones of the lens. These different prescriptions allow you to smoothly transition your gaze from nearby objects to faraway objects and vice versa.

Eye drops with low doses of atropine can slow down myopia progression in children and help to prevent severe nearsightedness. Typically administered at bedtime, atropine drops have very few side effects. We can help assess whether your child may benefit from atropine drops and help to determine the right dosage.

Ortho-k, or orthokeratology, uses specialty gas permeable contact lenses to gently reshape your eyes while you sleep, temporarily correcting vision problems associated with myopia without the need to wear contacts or glasses during the day.

Evidence suggests that ortho-k is particularly effective in children, and can control myopia progression in younger patients, helping to keep your child’s prescription low.

Our Locations

Chevy Chase

We’re located just off North Park Avenue along Shoemaker Farm Lane. If you have any trouble finding our office, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

  • 4600 North Park Ave., Plaza North
  • Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Washington DC

Find us in the heart of downtown, just off K Street. We’re located in the Davis Building next to Chase Bank. If you have any trouble finding us, feel free to give us a call!

  • 1629 K St NW #502
  • Washington, DC 20006
instagram facebook facebook2 pinterest twitter google-plus google linkedin2 yelp youtube phone location calendar share2 link star-full star star-half chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down chevron-up envelope fax