Myopia Control in Peoria & Washington, IL

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Protect Your Child’s Sight

Myopia (nearsightedness) is one of the most common vision problems. It’s also a growing problem, as research indicates nearly 50% of the global population will have myopia by 2050. Any amount of myopia can increase the risk of developing sight-threatening problems.

Managing myopia progression in childhood can help lower your child’s risk and protect their sight.

What Is Myopia?

Myopia occurs when the eye is too long or steeply curved, causing distant objects to look out of focus or blurry.

Myopia is usually detected in school-age children during routine eye exams. Children are more likely to develop myopia if one of their parents has it or if they spend considerable time engaged in close vision tasks, such as reading or computer work.

What is Myopia Control?

Myopia can progress through your child’s school years, typically stabilizing in adulthood. However, the eye growth causing the vision problem can increase their risk of developing sight-threatening conditions throughout their life, including cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal damage.

The type of myopia control we recommend for your child will depend on their age, visual needs, and what works for your family. Some methods we offer include atropine eye drops, multifocal contacts, multifocal glasses, and ortho-k lenses.

Atropine eye drops relax the eye’s focusing mechanism to encourage the eye to rest and stop growing. Atropine eye drops are prescribed by a doctor and used before bed. Dr. Fitch and Dr. Cundiff have used atropine drops in practice for 15+ years.

Focusing on close distances for long periods while wearing standard contacts can strain your eyes and stimulate eye growth. Multifocal contact lenses, like the MiSight 1-day disposable contact lenses, feature a ringed design to correct distance vision and help slow myopia progression.

Multifocal glasses, like traditional eyeglasses, help sharpen vision. The lenses are also designed to slow myopia by featuring multiple focusing powers in the same lens. Multifocal glasses work by signaling your child’s eye to stop growing longer, stabilizing their vision.

Orthokeratology (ortho-k) uses rigid gas permeable contact lenses to improve vision and slow eye growth. The specialty contact lenses are worn overnight to reshape the cornea (front of the eye). Then, the lenses are removed during the day so you can enjoy clear vision without glasses or contact lenses.

Support Your Children’s Lifelong Vision

Managing myopia progression can help prevent symptoms from impeding your child’s vision today and protect their vision as they grow. We want to help your child succeed. Please reach out to Vision Care Center today and see how myopia control can benefit your child.

Our Locations


Find us just south of the Sheridan & Glen intersection, on the same side of the road as Marco’s Pizza and across the street from Walgreens.

To contact our Vision Therapy department, please call 309.670.2020 ext. 2, then choose Option #2 to be directed to VT.

  • 4727 N Sheridan Road
  • Peoria, IL 61614


You can find our office on North Cummings Lane, right next door to Rock Valley Physical Therapy. We offer plenty of parking in front of our clinic with accessible parking stalls.

To contact our Vision Therapy department, please call 309.670.2020 ext. 2, then choose Option #2 to be directed to VT.

  • 1009 North Cummings Lane
  • Washington, IL 61571
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