Slowing the Progression of Myopia for University Students
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a vision condition that makes faraway objects appear blurry.
Digital device usage and time spent indoors have increased for young adults, and our visual environment can play a significant role in myopia progression. Myopia control can be very effective for children, but university students can also benefit from slowing the progression of myopia early.
Our myopia control services aren’t just about your prescription but also about managing the risks of high myopia. We offer myopia control methods such as ortho-k lenses, multifocal contacts, and atropine eye drops and use the MYAH axial length measurement device to track your progress.
Contact us to schedule your next eye exam and get a handle on myopia today.
Understanding the Risks of High Myopia
Myopia can be challenging to manage, especially when you’re trying to focus on schoolwork. The volume of reading and near-work students undertake throughout a course of study can take a toll on their vision, resulting in high myopia.
High myopia can also result in a higher risk of other issues such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal detachments, so it’s essential to control the progression of myopia early.
Why Does My Prescription Keep Getting Worse?
There has been a rise in digital device usage and time spent indoors. This rise has been partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and online education. Around 30% of young adults progressed more than -0.75D over the course of 2 years during the pandemic.
The link between online learning and myopia is becoming clearer, and consistent eye exams have become much more important to help control the progression of myopia early.
The Myopia Epidemic Is Hitting Students Hard
In general, myopia has increased in both children and young adults. For those exposed to screens at a younger age, myopia may have developed earlier, had longer to progress, and continued to progress with increased studying.Poor sleep is also linked to myopia progression, and studies have been conducted to examine the effects poor sleep can have.
Poor sleep and studying for long hours can sometimes go hand-in-hand, so finding the right balance and myopia control methods that work for you is essential.
Our Myopia Control Methods
At Yonge & College Optometry, we offer a variety of myopia control methods in our practice to slow the progression of myopia. We use the MYAH axial length device to measure axial length on all of our patients, so we can monitor visual changes and determine the risk of issues related to high myopia, such as macular degeneration, glaucoma, and retinal detachments.
The best myopia control option for you depends on your individual lifestyle and needs.
Ortho-k contact lenses are specifically used to treat myopia and prevent myopia progression when worn at night.
Ortho-k lenses are designed to reduce your dependence on both contact lenses and glasses throughout the day. These lenses are inserted at night and removed in the morning, allowing you to see clearly throughout the day by temporarily reshaping the cornea to improve vision.
Multifocal contact lenses not only help to see a variety of distances clearly, but can also help to slow the progression of myopia due to the amount of plus prescription in the lenses. Multifocal contact lenses can have a bifocal and trifocal design with distinct lens powers to correct vision at varying distances.
Low-dose atropine eye drops can slow myopia progression when children consistently use the drops every night. The drops dilate (enlarge) the pupil, relaxing the eye’s focusing muscles to reduce eye fatigue.
A combination of atropine and another method may be prescribed by our team.
Genuine Care for You
Our entire team is dedicated to addressing your specific needs. Whether you’re visiting us for a routine eye exam or more specialized eye care, we’re here to help.
You can find us right in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge & College. We’re accessible by transit, so you don’t have to worry about parking.
Located directly on the northwest corner of Yonge & College in downtown Toronto, a short walk from the College St. TTC station.
Hours of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed