Myopia Control in the Heart of Illinois

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Myopia is on the rise all over the world. According to recent studies, nearly half of the global population will be affected by myopia by the year 2050. However, there is help available.

If your sight is affected by myopia, please book an appointment with our team today. We can help assess the extent of your symptoms and provide you with meaningful solutions to manage your myopia.

What is Myopia?

Myopia, also commonly known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that affects your ability to see long distances. Myopia develops as your eyes elongate in shape, causing light entering your eye to focus in front of your retina instead of on it.

Myopia is infrequently hereditary and research has suggested that spending too much time doing up-close tasks or not going outdoors may increase your risk of developing it. Currently, nearly 40% of the American population is affected by some degree of myopia.

Myopia in Children

Myopia can start developing in children as young as 3 years old, which can affect many aspects of their lives, including how they see and learn in school.

We recommend that your child has regular eye exams to help manage their symptoms of myopia. By detecting these issues early, your optometrist can recommend a variety of solutions and make the visual adjustments necessary to help your child remain confident in their vision.

Controlling Myopia

Bifocal spectacle lenses are often used when your child receives their first pair of eyeglasses. This lens relaxes the focusing mechanism and reduces the progression of myopia.

Low-Dose Atropine Drops

Atropine eye drops are a common treatment used to slow myopia progression. Atropine eye drops help relax the eye’s focusing mechanism, and can only be used when prescribed by a doctor. These drops are compounded by a local pharmacy and are used before bedtime. Dr. Fitch has been using atropine drops for over 15 years and found this to be highly beneficial to slow progression of myopia.

MiSight 1-Day disposable contacts are used to help manage symptoms of myopia in children. The contacts use rings of peripheral myopic defocus to help slow down myopia progression while also providing clear central vision.

Orthokeratology (Ortho-k) contact lenses are often used to help reduce the effect myopia has on your vision. These specialty contact lenses reshape the cornea while you sleep, allowing you to enjoy clear vision during the day without contact lenses or eyeglasses.

Multifocal contact lenses are also used to help slow the progression of myopia.

Focusing on a close-up object for too long while wearing contacts or glasses may cause your eyes to strain. When this happens, your eyes may elongate even further, resulting in more severe myopia.

Multifocal contacts correct your vision at all distances, reducing the progression of myopia.

Our doctors may recommend a combination of these therapies to manage the more aggressive myopic changes. Slowing down myopia in childhood has lifelong benefits in reducing the various diseases that result from myopia.

Get Help Controlling Your Myopia Today!

If you’re looking for a meaningful solution for myopia, please don’t hesitate to book an appointment with our team today!

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Our Locations

Peoria

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.

Contact Information

Phone: 309.670.2020
Fax: 309.693.2536

Address

4727 N Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61614

Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM12 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM12 PM
Sunday
Closed

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.

Contact Information

Phone: 309.670.2020
Fax: 309.693.2536

Address

4727 N Sheridan Road
Peoria, IL 61614

Hours

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM12 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM12 PM
Sunday
Closed

Washington

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.

Contact Information

Phone: 309.670.2020
Fax: 309.444.7863

Address

1009 North Cummings Lane
Washington, IL 61571

Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM12 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM12 PM
Sunday
Closed

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.

Contact Information

Phone: 309.670.2020
Fax: 309.444.7863

Address

1009 North Cummings Lane
Washington, IL 61571

Hours

Monday
8:30 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM5 PM
Friday
8:30 AM12 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM12 PM
Sunday
Closed

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