The Myopia Control Center at An Eye To The Future specializes in optometric care of children and young adults with myopia. In addition to providing conventional glasses for clear vision, more importantly our services include options for controlling the progression of myopia. The latter options are likely to benefit most those with early onset, i.e., whose nearsightedness developed before the age of 10 years, and/or fast progressing myopes, who are at greatest risk of becoming high myopia. A positive family history of high myopia represents another risk factor.

What services do we offer?

Our team uses specialty equipment and techniques to comprehensively evaluate the refractive errors (i.e. myopia) and the ocular size and shape of our patients' eyes. These measurements along with myopia progression history are used to determine an optimum management strategy, which may include the fitting of specialty contact lenses

How CRT® Brand Contact Lenses Work to Correct Nearsightedness

CRT lenses gently reshape the cornea (the front of the eye) as the patient sleeps. The retainers re-align the light allowing patients to see clearly all day without any contacts or glasses. Although the use of Corneal shaping lenses is not yet FDA approved for myopia progression control, many studies suggest that these specialized lenses may reduce the progression of myopia(nearsightedness) for many children. Specialized soft multifocals and atropine therapy has also proven effective in slowing the progression of myopia.

What is Myopia?

Myopia or nearsightedness is a problem of the eye growing too long for its optical power, with higher levels of myopia carrying significantly increased risk of potentially blinding retinal complications. Myopia has also become increasingly common the world over, at least in part due to our change in visual habits and increased time devoted to near activities.
Dr. Silberberg has lectured regionally to the Optometric Community on how to best help children with myopia progressing

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Signs and Symptoms

  • difficulty seeing objects far away, such as road signs or a blackboard at school.
  • Vision seems clearer when squinting
  • Eyestrain, headaches

Detection and Diagnosis

Testing for nearsightedness may use several procedures in order to measure how the eyes focus light and to determine the power of any optical lenses needed to correct the reduced vision.

Nearsightedness is detected in children and adults at any age during a comprehensive dilated eye examination with a vision test and refraction.

How we can help?

The Myopia Control Center at An Eye To The Future specializes in optometric care of children and young adults with myopia. In addition to providing conventional glasses for clear vision, more importantly our services include options for controlling the progression of myopia. The latter options are likely to benefit most those with early onset, i.e., whose nearsightedness developed before the age of 10 years, and/or fast progressing myopes, who are at greatest risk of becoming high myopia. A positive family history of high myopia represents another risk factor.

Research Studies of Corneal Shaping Therapy Lenses and Controlling Myopia Progression

Myopia treatment progression studies involving Corneal Shaping Therapy (Ortho-K) include;

  • REIM Study (2003). Tom Reim OD,FOAA and colleagues initially published the potential of Ortho-K myopia control in 2003. This study reported that corneal reshaping patients experienced about a sixty percent reduction in the progression of myopia.
  • LORIC Study (2005). The Longitudinal Orthokeratology Research in Children(LORIC) the Hong Kong pilot study found a much slower rate of childhood myopia progression and eye length elongation (47%) among young progressive myopes who underwent Ortho-K corneal shaping compared to those who wore eyeglasses.
  • CRAYON Study (2007). The Corneal Reshaping and Yearly Observation of nearsightedness(CRAYON) study, conducted by Jeff Walline OD,FAAO at Ohio State University, confirmed previous studies that Ortho-K corneal reshaping contact lenses lower rates of myopia progression and eye elongation (57%) (Walline, 2008).
  • SMART Study in progress. Both the LORIC and CRAYON studies were small in scale. The Stabilization of Myopia by Accelerated Reshaping Technique (SMART) study began in 2009 as large scale five year study. Interim results have continued to demonstrate the benefits of wearing Ortho-k corneal shaping to control the progression of myopia in children and teenagers.
  • CRIMP Study (2010). Corneal reshaping inhibits myopia progression(CRIMP) is an Australian ten year retrospective study demonstrated control of myopia progression over a ten year time frame. Again the majority of Ortho-k corneal reshaping contact lens control group patients had a significant reduction in their myopic progression versus the group of patient not using Ortho-k corneal reshaping therapy.

Multifocal contact lens myopia control Walline JJ1, Greiner KL, McVey ME, Jones-Jordan LA.