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  1. My child is nearsighted and her vision seems to be worsening every six months. She keeps getting new glasses and she keeps getting worse. Is there anything that can be done to help her?
  2. I am an adult, I wear soft contact lenses and my vision keeps worsening year after year. Is there any treatment to slow the worsening of my eyes? When I was younger, my eye doctor told me my vision would stop worsening after age 16 and I was 16 16 years ago!
  3. My ophthalmologist told me that myopia is genetic and that there is no way to slow or stop it, including bifocal glasses. Why should I try your methods and treatments for my child?
  4. I want to do something to keep my child's vision from getting worse, but she is only 8 years old and I'm not sure it's safe for children to wear contact lenses. Have any studies been done to show that children can wear soft lenses safely?
  5. I am over 40 years old and have tried to wear bifocal contact lenses to help me see close, but I never saw well. Do children using these lenses for myopia control have similar experiences? I might want to help protect my child's vision, but I don't want him to have terrible vision while he is wearing these lenses.
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    My child is nearsighted and her vision seems to be worsening every six months. She keeps getting new glasses and she keeps getting worse. Is there anything that can be done to help her?

    Myopia or nearsightedness causes blurred distance vision. It often starts around age 8 or 9 and frequently gradually worsens throughout college years or later. There is great debate about whether myopia is caused by genetics or the environment. Many researchers have shown that when there is a tendency for the eyes to excessively cross while reading, there is a greater amount of myopia and a faster rate of worsening. My research has shown that when bifocal contact lenses are prescribed to lessen or eliminate this excess crossing tendency, myopia progression or worsening is dropped by 90%. This is the most effective anti-myopia technique or therapy ever developed and is well worth considering for your child.

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    I am an adult, I wear soft contact lenses and my vision keeps worsening year after year. Is there any treatment to slow the worsening of my eyes? When I was younger, my eye doctor told me my vision would stop worsening after age 16 and I was 16 16 years ago!

    Classic teaching about myopia did suggest that myopia would usually start at age 8 or 9 and would worsen gradually until "the age of cessation" at age 16 for girls and 18 for boys. That is still being taught and it may apply to some people with myopia, but it clearly does not explain the massive increases in myopia found throughout the world these days, nor does it explain the frequent experience of many adults that find that their vision worsens in adulthood. My research has shown that bifocal contact lenses, properly prescribed, can reduce the gradual worsening of myopia by about 90%. This is the most effective, proven technique to control myopia progression and is a particularly effective technique for adults.

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    My ophthalmologist told me that myopia is genetic and that there is no way to slow or stop it, including bifocal glasses. Why should I try your methods and treatments for my child?

    There are many researchers that argue that myopia is caused only by genetics, but there has been a dramatic shift in the last 5 years or so in the number of highly respected researchers making very strong arguments based on very sound research, that not only is myopia influenced by the visual environment, i.e. how the eyes are used, but that there are techniques to effectively control myopia progression. My own research and clinical experience over the last 18 years has convinced me and many of my colleagues that bifocal contact lenses have unique advantages in the control of myopia and they are dramatically more effective than bifocal glasses. Bifocal glasses, by the way, have been proven to be reliably effective in controlling myopia progression in children whose eyes have certain focusing or alignment errors while reading. Your ophthalmologist would be correct that if you put bifocal glasses on all children with myopia, you may not see an effect, because not all children have the focusing or alignment problems that make bifocal glasses effective. However, if you want your child to benefit from a technique proven to dramatically slow down myopia progression, then there is no reason not to try bifocal contact lenses.

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    I want to do something to keep my child's vision from getting worse, but she is only 8 years old and I'm not sure it's safe for children to wear contact lenses. Have any studies been done to show that children can wear soft lenses safely?

    The study that I performed to prove that bifocal soft contact lenses can control myopia included children as young as eight and there were no contact lens complications in the year long study. If a child is reasonably mature and responsible and takes proper care of their lenses, they do as well as adults. There was also a recent study by Johnson & Johnson to specifically answer your question, as to whether young children can wear soft contact lenses safely, and they showed that they did just fine, just the same as adults. I don't recommend contact lenses for young children, if it's just because they don't like their glasses, but if bifocal contact lenses can help prevent the gradual worsening of their vision, then I recommend that they start wearing them at the first sign of myopia.

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    I am over 40 years old and have tried to wear bifocal contact lenses to help me see close, but I never saw well. Do children using these lenses for myopia control have similar experiences? I might want to help protect my child's vision, but I don't want him to have terrible vision while he is wearing these lenses.

    Children do much better as a group with bifocal contact lenses than adults, for as yet unexplained reasons. I would estimate that 90 to 95% of children or young adults are successful and satisfied with their vision when wearing bifocal contact lenses, while it might be more in the 60 to 70% range for adults wearing bifocal contact lenses for presbyopia (difficulty seeing close). Because of the success of bifocal contact lenses in the control of myopia, there will be some new contact lenses soon that will be designed to control myopia while offering optimal vision quality. So, there's no need to wait, as children do fine with bifocal contacts, but there will be new improved lenses soon!


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