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Parents with Glasses or Contact Lenses, Take Note
Nearsightedness (aka myopia) is a condition that is often hereditary.
Myopia is caused by a person’s eye growing too long. This impacts the way your eye focuses, leading to blurry vision when looking in the distance. (This Myopia simulator is a great way to “see” what your child is seeing.)
Children with parents wearing corrective lenses due to nearsightedness are more likely to be nearsighted themselves.
The odds of a child becoming myopic is approximately:
In fact, with our modern-day computer and screen habits, eyecare providers are seeing a huge jump in nearsightedness in school-aged kids.
Yes, that means more kids wearing contacts and glasses.
But, sometimes this nearsightedness can become severe, even debilitating later in life. Indeed, sight-threatening conditions like retinal detachment, glaucoma, or cataracts, can develop due to myopia.
Taking Advantage of That Childhood Growth Window
If your child’s eyesight prescriptions seem to be getting worse year after year, all is not lost.
There is actually a way to slow the progression of myopia in kids.
With early detection and targeted treatment we can reduce the progression of nearsightedness.
Kids are often diagnosed with myopia after starting school, between the ages of 5 – 12 years old, but many parents don’t realize you can start taking your child for eye exams even as an infant.
Taking kids in for annual eye examinations (beyond the quick vision screening often offered at school or pediatrician’s office) can help you keep tabs on your child’s eye health and give your care provider valuable data.
Your eye doctor will be able to see if your child’s myopia is getting worse, and be able to suggest timely interventions or tools that are only options during a certain period of a child’s growth.
Slowing Down Nearsightedness With Specialty Contact Lenses
Eye doctors have a new tool in their toolkit when it comes to managing myopia: Coopervision’s MiSight® 1 Day Contact Lenses.
These FDA-approved, child-friendly daily disposable contact lenses have been proven to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment.
That means if your child wears these contact lenses every day, not only will the lenses help improve their vision so they can read writing on the chalkboard, their eye growth is influenced in a way that slows down myopia.
West MI Eyecare – Experts in Myopia Management
|West Michigan Eyecare Associates|
2112 East Paris Ave SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
West Michigan Eyecare, Your Neighborhood Eyecare Specialists
West Michigan Eyecare has been a staple in the Grand Rapids community since 1951.
Today, their talented team offers full primary eye care from infants to the elderly with specialty and emergency care, including Myopia Management.
If you visit West Michigan Eyecare for myopia management for your child, you’ll be working with Dr. Kenyon, Dr. Wierenga, and Dr. Geneva.
Jeffrey J. Kenyon, OD, FAAO
Dr. Kenyon is residency trained in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision from the University of Houston College of Optometry and is regarded as an expert in pediatric eye care.
Jon Wieringa, OD
Dr. Jon R. Wieringa is residency trained in specialty lenses and primary care from the Pacific College of Optometry.
Cynthia Geneva, OD, FAAO
Dr. Geneva is residency trained in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision from the Michigan College of Optometry and is regarded as an expert in pediatric eye care.
MiSight®is Offered at West Michigan Eyecare
The myopia-fighiting MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for kids are available through West Michigan Eyecare.
Dr. Kenyon, Dr. Wieringa, and Dr. Geneva want parents to know that slowing the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) during childhood years will have a profound impact through adulthood.
Schedule a Complimentary Myopia Consultation with West Michigan Eyecare
West MI Eyecare recognizes that most people don’t know if myopia is something impacting their children.
To help with this, they are offering a free 20-minute myopia screening (this is not a comprehensive eye exam.)
Schedule a free 20-minute myopia consultation.
If you enroll in the myopia management program, you’ll save 25% on your first year of treatment ($400 value).
Call or book your complimentary myopia consultation online. (616) 949-8500 or book online.
Enter to Maui Jim Sunglasses & Guided Fishing Trip
*This giveaway is open to Michigan residents living within 90 miles of West Michigan Eyecare Associates.
West Michigan Eyecare Associates are pleased to give away a fantastic prize package comprised of:
A new pair of Maui Jim sunglasses (winner’s choice) along with a guided fishing trip, for one adult and one child, at Flat River Outfitters. This prize package is valued at $650!
Flat River Outfitters offers several different trips depending on conditions and the client’s ability.
Most trips are on a drift boat on the Flat River, but if there are young kids (7 and under), they will go on the Grand River with a larger motorboat for safety reasons.
Flat River Outfitter’s trips are very personalized. They will ask about your fishing experience to build just the right trip for you.
Most trips launch from Lowell, MI. You’ll spend the day on the river learning different methods of catching fish, the ecology of the watershed, and generally having a good time.
They will make lunch on the boat for you. A full day’s trip is about 6 or 7 hours long. Half day is about 4 hours.
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