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Myopia Control Clinic

What is myopia and what causes it?

Myopia (nearsightedness) happens because the eye grows too long to be able to focus light on the retina (back of the eye). Children who have parents with myopia are more likely to become nearsighted, but there are other causes of myopia that aren’t fully understood. A study by the National Eye Institute showed that only 25% of people in the US were nearsighted in the 1970s – but now more than 40% are nearsighted.

Will my child’s vision continue to get worse every year?

Once a child develops myopia, the average rate of progression is about 0.50 diopter (D) per year. A diopter is the unit used to measure glasses and contact lens prescriptions. Based on expected progression rates, an average 8 year old child who is -1.00 D, may be -6.00 D by the time he or she is 18 years of age. Myopia generally stops progressing in the late teens to early twenties.

What are the best options for my child?

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any drug or device to slow the progression of myopia (also known as myopia control). But studies have shown that some drugs and contact lenses may help slow myopia progression. Using approved drugs or devices for other treatments is called “off-label” usage. Below is some general information about off-label options for myopia control.

  • Atropine
    Prescription Eye Drops
  • Bifocal or Multifocal Glasses
    Glasses with more than One Power
  • Multifocal Contact Lenses
    Contact Lenses with more than One Power
  • Orthokeratology
    Rigid Contact Lenses worn Overnight

Schedule a consultation with the Myopia Control Clinic for more information. There will be a $50 consult fee that is not covered by insurance. Fee reductions are available to eligible patients.

Contact the Myopia Control Clinic by calling (212) 938-4015 or emailing myopia@sunyopt.edu

This webpage is only meant to provide an overview of options. Your child may not be a candidate for all treatment options. You should talk to your doctor about potential treatment options in more detail.