Fort Lee Office

201-461-7595

Irvington Office

973-399-0909

Lyndhurst Location

201-438-8668

Myopia Control

Myopia control or myopia management are treatments used for slowing down childhood myopia progression. The younger a child becomes myopic, the faster they tend to progress, leading to higher levels of myopia. Parents should start a myopia management method as soon as possible. It involves prescribing special types of  contact lenses or atropine drops to slow down worsening of vision.

Ortho-k

What is Ortho-k? Orthokeratology, also commonly known as corneal refractive therapy, vision shaping treatment. Ortho-k is the gentle reshaping of the cornea to correct Myopia (nearsightedness).

Orthokeratology is known by numerous names and the technique has changed significantly over the years.  Ortho-k have been practiced for about 40 years.  The technique involves using a rigid gas permeable lens to flatten or reshape the cornea causing the patient to become less nearsighted.  The process is accomplished while you sleep using a computer designed reverse geometry contact lens.  The lenses are inserted at bedtime and removed in the morning.  The lenses safely and gently reshape the cornea changing the eye's focus.  Most patients will have good vision throughout the day. 

Many recent studies have shown that orthokeratology lenses can prevent the progression of myopia in children. It is important to prevent the progression of nearsightedness in our children The incidence of myopia, in the United States, increased by 66% in the last 30 years. Currently, a multi-center FDA sponsored study is in it's fourth of five years and thus far the preliminary results are confirming that OrthoK  does in fact prevent the progression of nearsightedness.

Orthok is accomplished by using a specially designed contact lens called a reverse geometry lens that flattens the cornea by pushing the central epithelial layers that reside directly over the pupil towards the periphery. This movement of corneal cells causes the center of the cornea to be thinner thus moving the focus of light closer to the retina. By refocusing the light on the retina, the vision is improved.

MiSight

Another great option for myopia control are MiSight contact lenses. These contacts are daily disposable soft contact lenses designed to slow myopia progression in children.

When inserted into the eye, the central part of the MiSight contact lens corrects the refractive error, much like a traditional corrective lens. But the peripheral part of the lens has uniquely designed concentric rings that direct light to focus on the retina. This has been shown to significantly reduce the stimuli causing the eye to grow longer.

The safety and effectiveness of MiSight were studied in a 3-year clinical trial of 135 children aged 8 to 12 who were prescribed either MiSight or traditional soft contact lenses. Over the 3-year period, myopia progressed at a much slower rate — by 59% to be exact — in the children who wore MiSight contact lenses compared to the children who wore conventional soft contacts. These results indicate that MiSight could be an excellent option for slowing myopia progression in your child.

Ortho-k or Misight consultation

Patients interested in Ortho-K or Misight start with an eye exam.  After a comprehensive eye exam, we will start either an Ortho-K consultation or Misight consultation and further discuss treatment options.

Dr. Domingues has been practicing myopia control since she opened her practice in 2011. She has done hundreds of successful fits in Ortho K and is now certified in Misight lenses as well. Call our office and schedule an appointment to further discuss options for your child.  

 

Healthy Vision Month

Woman with healthy eye

Are You Ready to Celebrate Healthy Vision Month?

Good vision is essential for everything you do from using the computer to playing or watching your favorite sport or TV show. Healthy Vision Month, an annual event held in May, encourages Americans to appreciate and safeguard their vision.

9 ways to protect your vision

Healthy Vision Month is the perfect time to take a look at your eye care habits and make a few changes. Following these tips will help you protect your vision and could even improve your eye health.

  • Wear Sunglasses Year-Round: Sunglasses aren't just warm weather accessories. The sun emits ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays whether it's June or January. Exposure to UVA and UVB rays increases your risk of eye cancer, cataracts, and growths, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. For maximum protection, choose wraparound sunglasses that completely block sunlight from reaching your eyes.
  • Put on Eye Protection: Safety glasses and goggles are a must when you're playing sports, working with power towels or are exposed to airborne debris. Eye protection helps you avoid injuries that could permanently or temporarily damage your vision. Unfortunately, eyeglasses or sunglasses don't offer enough protection, as small pieces of dust, metal, or other debris can enter your eyes through the gaps.
  • Stop Smoking. Smoking increases your risk of cataracts, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.
  • Keep Your Hands Clean. Wash your hands before you touch your eyes, particularly if you wear contact lenses. Germs can enter your eyes from your hands and cause serious eye infections. Washing offers a simple way to avoid painful infections.
  • Follow Your Eye Doctor's Contact Lens Care Instructions: Improper handling of contact lenses is responsible for many contact lens-related infections. Reduce the risk of infection by only using commercially made cleaning and wetting solutions instead of saliva or water. Follow your eye doctor's cleaning instructions and make sure that the products you use are intended for the type of lenses you wear. Clean contact lens cases every day, and replace the cases every 3 months (sooner if they're damaged or contaminated.)
  • Avoid Digital Eyestrain. Like most people, you probably couldn't imagine life without your digital devices. Although smartphones, tablets and laptops definitely make life easier, they can be hard on your eyes. People blink less when they look at digital screens, which can cause eyestrain. If you have eyestrain, you may experience sore eyes, headaches, dry eye and tearing. Prevent the problem by looking at an object 20 feet in the distance for 20 seconds every 20 minutes while you use digital devices.
  • Improve Your Diet. Healthy eating helps every part of your body, including your eyes. Stay away from junk food, fried food and foods with empty calories. Instead, fill your plate with vegetables, fruits, whole grains and lean meat, poultry or fish. Add a variety of eye-friendly foods, like leafy greens, carrots and orange vegetables, salmon, strawberries, citrus fruit, broccoli, sunflower seeds and beans.
  • Don't Settle for Blurry Vision. Has the world started looking blurry later? There's no need to spend your days squinting when your eye doctor can prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses that provide crisp, clear vision.
  • Schedule an Annual Exam. See your eye doctor every year for a comprehensive eye examination. When you're asked if you'd like your eyes to be dilated, be sure to answer "Yes!" Dilation makes it easier for your optometrist to view the retina and optic nerve at the back of your eye. Your visit also includes a test of the pressure inside your eye. High pressure causes an eye disease called glaucoma that can lead to permanent vision without prompt treatment.

Is it time for your next comprehensive eye exam? Contact us and we'll help you schedule a convenient appointment with the optometrist.

Sources:

American Academy of Ophthalmology: The Sun, UV Light and Your Eyes, 6/11/2020

Eatright: Foods for Eye Health, 1/7/2022

Bright Focus Foundation: The Dilated Eye Exam: Why It's So Important, 7/5/2021

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Lyndhurst Office

Monday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am - 7:00 pm

Thursday

9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Irvington Office

Monday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Tuesday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Wednesday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Friday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Fort Lee Office

Monday

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday

10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Wednesday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Thursday

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friday

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Saturday

10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Sunday

Closed

Lyndhurst Office

Monday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

Irvington Office

Monday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Friday
9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday
Closed

Fort Lee Office

Monday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Sunday
Closed