School and pediatrician vision screenings can miss a lot! They are only able to detect the possibility of nearsightedness. Many children up to their teen years are actually farsighted. Many have astigmatism, some have trouble using their eyes together adequately or a combination and go undetected for years. This can result in or add to learning difficulties, negatively affect their self confidence, among many other things.
High myopia (nearsightedness) is at an all time high in children. It is not just an inconvenience but it can lead to serious vision-threatening eye diseases such as retinal detachments and glaucoma. We provide options which studies have shown decrease the progression of myopia.
With the elimination of having to use glasses or contacts, ortho-k makes the ultimate vision correction option for athletes and those with active lifestyles. They won't have to worry about glasses breaking if hit by a ball. They also won’t have to think about how to see clearly during water activities.
Correcting nearsightedness, farsightedness, astigmatism will only help with clarity but it will not always help with FUNCTIONALITY - how well the eyes work together, if the patient has adequate focusing ability...these are things that are not typically screened for at most eye doctor offices.
Do your child’s eyes move across the page in a book smoothly and accurately?
Does your child change focus from near to far and back again – between reading text from a far-away white or black-board and writing on paper?
Are your child’s eyes working together as a focus unit – do they come together for proper eye alignment for reading?