THE MYOPIA CONTROL CENTER
Fort Worth Myopia Control Practice
Myopia, also called “nearsightedness” strikes during childhood. It’s more than needing glasses, it’s dangerous. Myopia significantly increases the risk of sight-threatening eye conditions as your child ages. The more aggressive or “high” the Myopia is, the greater the risks.
Myopia is on one the rise worldwide. It is caused when the eye becomes elongated and light from distant objects focuses in the front of the eye and not the retina. This causes blurriness. Glasses or contact lenses treat the blurriness but NOT the underlying cause. The exact cause of myopia is not known, but it’s thought to be a combination of environment and genetics. In all likelihood, the rates are heavily increased due to less time being spent outdoors and a great deal more time sitting in front of a digital device.
While the exact mechanism causing myopia isn’t clear, what is clear is that the rates of myopia for children worldwide are skyrocketing. Up to 5 billion people are expected to have myopia by the year 2050. Recently, myopia has become a point of serious concern for medical researchers and practitioners, and especially optometrists.
Research over the past two decades shows that myopia significantly increases the long-term risks for serious eye conditions. As your child with myopia ages, he or she is much more likely to develop eye diseases which can rob your child of sight permanently. These include:
- Macular Degeneration
- Retinal Detachment
What is Myopia Control?
Childhood intervention can slow and even halt the progression of your child’s myopia. This drastically reduces the long-term risks to your child’s vision. Our Myopia Control Center in Fort Worth provides advanced treatment methods, according to the latest research and techniques of myopia control to manage the rate at which your child’s prescription gets worse and to mitigate those risks to your child’s vision.
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THE MYOPIA EPIDEMIC
By 2050, Myopia is expected to affect at least 5 billion people worldwide. In some areas of Asia, the rates are already upwards of 80-90% by the time people reach University. The exact cause for this massive increase in myopia is a matter of some debate, with a lot of research suggesting that decreased time out of doors and drastically increased used of digital devices being contributing factors. Whatever the exact cause, the conclusion is stark: Myopia and the longterm risks associated with its childhood progression poses a serious public health challenge. Recently, the World Health Organization, amongst other international health bodies and and NGOs, have added myopia to the agenda of serious concerns.
THE RISKS OF MYOPIA
Medium and high myopia in childhood pose greatest risk factors, and underscore the importance of intervention during childhood. Progressive Myopia deteriorates as the child ages, so effective treatment received during childhood is the only way to significantly decrease these associated risks. The longterm vision health risks posed by Myopia include some of the most debilitating eye diseases included Myopic Maculopathy, Retinal Detachment, Glaucoma, and Cataracts.Generally, the higher prescription required and the rate and the faster it deteriorates, the greater are the risks of developing a serious vision impairment or condition in adulthood.
The good news is that research has advanced significantly over the past ten years or so. There are now highly effective means to slow down and even halt the progression of myopia without resorting requiring any kind of surgical intervention. An optometrist specializing in myopia will be up to date on the latest methods in Myopia Control and can decrease the progression by an average of 50% or more. This significantly mitigates the longterm risk to the child of developing serious eye conditions later on in life. The use of Orthokeratology, Atropine, and Multifocal Contact Lenses, have been extensively researched and are demonstrably effective at controlling myopia, even at very young ages.
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Controlling Myopia In Children
OrthoK , also referred to as ortho-k, orthokeratology, gentle vision shaping, and corneal shaping is one of the most universally effective methods for controlling myopia. It works by having the child sleep with a rigid lens at night, which gently reshapes the cornea to a shape conducive to normal visual acuity. The child (or adult for that matter) can usually be free from corrective lenses during the day.
ATROPINE EYE DROPS
Atropine drops are a pharmaceutical solution that was originally intended simply for stimulating pupil dilation for various kinds of eye examinations. Surprisingly, it was found that extremely low doses actually slow down the progression of myopia by about 50%, without any dramatic side effects. Even more suprisingly, new research suggests that Atropine may be effective at preventing Myopia in pre-myopic children altogether.
MULTIFOCAL CONTACT LENSES
Soft, multifocal contact lenses can be used during the day to subtly change the medium and distance visual power in order to change the overall focus of the eyes. By having clear retinal focus for one part of vision, while defocusing other peripheral zones, our visual system is subtly altered in a way that slows down the progression of myopia. A recent clinical study in 2016 demonstrated a 70% reduction in myopia progression.
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Meet Our Myopia Control
Jeremy E. Loy, M.S., O.D. is the owner of the SouthWest Family Eye Center and runs the Myopia Control Center as well. Dr. Loy specializes in myopia control, pediatric optometry, and vision therapy. Dr. Loy is also a Texas Board of Optometry certified therapeutic optometrist and optometric glaucoma specialist. Dr. Loy obtained his undergraduate degree from Carroll College in Waukesha, WI. He then went on to obtain his Masters of Science degree from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he obtained four patents for his graduate work. His continued interest in the visual system led him to Chicago where he graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in 2005 and completed an optometric residency in pediatric and binocular vision at the Illinois Eye Institute.
After completing his residency, Dr. Loy obtained a clinical position at Alcon Labs in Fort Worth, TX, a leader in the eye care field, where he obtained extensive experience with the latest ophthalmologic therapeutic treatments and intraocular lenses for cataract surgery.
For the last ten years he has practiced within Fort Worth and has developed an extensive background in the diagnosis and management of visual efficiency and visual perceptual disorders, the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, and the ophthalmolgical management of diabetic patients. Dr. Loy’s main interest is in myopia control, binocular and refractive visual disorders, visual perceptual disorders, visual symptoms related to traumatic brain injuries, and vision therapy.
Dr. Loy was born in Wausau, Wisconsin and has resided in Texas for the last ten years with his wife of 17 years,two daughters and his two Italian Greyhound dogs.
Dr. Loy is a member of the American Optometric Association, Texas Optometric Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association and Diplomate of the American Board of Optometry.
His hobbies include volleyball, running, and guitar.