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.  

 

Optometry FAQ: Your Top 5 Questions Answered

Quality eye care is a priority to us at Pink Vision Associates. If you are seeking an optometrist in Lyndhurst, Irvington or Fort Lee, we are here to provide you with high-quality eye care at an affordable price. When seeking an optometrist or eye care specialist, people often have questions regarding their eye care.

Here are some commonly asked questions Dr. Maria and Carla Domingues answer every day:

How often should I have my eyes examined?

A comprehensive eye exam is recommended once a year. During your visit the doctor will check to see if there has been a change in prescription as well as check the health of the eye. If detected early, many sight-threatening diseases, can be treated to prevent, or slow, the progression of any vision loss. Patients who are diabetic or have a family history of glaucoma or macular degeneration should be checked yearly and at times more frequently.


At what age should I bring in my child for an eye examination?

Children should receive their first comprehensive eye examination before the age of 3 and again before they enter school, unless a specific condition or history of family childhood vision problems necessitates an earlier examination. Many delays in learning can be common vision problems that children struggle with everyday in the classroom. Having an eye exam before school starts is imperative to setting a good foundation


Will my eyes get worse if I wear my glasses all the time?

No. Wearing glasses will not cause your eyes to get worse but, wearing your glasses will help you see better. Some people believe their uncorrected vision becomes worse after wearing glasses for a while. What is in fact taking place is your brain is getting used to 20/20 and is adapting and liking the new clearer image, so when you remove your glasses the brain rejects the blurry image. Give your eyes the vision it deserves.

Why do you need to dilate my eyes?

Dilation is a critical part of every comprehensive eye examination. When dilating your eyes, we look for any signs of rips or holes in your retina. We look for any eye tumors or cancers, any signs of diabetes, hypertension, glaucoma, macular degeneration or any other disease that could affect your vision. Many diseases and conditions can be found at their earliest stages during an eye exam. If found and treated early on, your risk of losing vision is much less.


Is there anything I can do help stop my prescription from getting worse since I am near-sighted?

Many factors go into patients who are myopic or near-sighted. Nearsightedness can be corrected by wearing glasses, contact lenses or by having refractive surgery. Another great option is orthokeratology, a non-surgical procedure where you wear special rigid gas permeable contact lenses at night that reshapes the cornea while you are sleeping. You take off the lenses in the morning and your cornea temporarily preserves the shape, so you can see clearly during the day without glasses or contact lenses. Orthokeratology and a related GP contact lens procedure called corneal refractive therapy (CRT) have been proven effective at temporarily correcting mild to moderate amounts of myopia. Paragon CRT lenses are a great option for those who are too young for LASIK or are not good candidates for refractive surgery for other motives.

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Lyndhurst Office

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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

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10:00 am - 1:00 pm

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Irvington Office

Monday

9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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9:30 am - 5:00 pm

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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

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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