Myopia Management in Colorado Springs

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Help Keep Nearsightedness In Check

Myopia, more commonly known as nearsightedness, is a refractive error that affects the way objects are seen: when a patient has myopia, close objects appear clear, and distant objects seem blurry and out of focus.

A recent study indicates there are currently 9.6 million American adults who have myopia, and that number is expected to rise.

At Bettner Vision, testing for myopia is conducted during our comprehensive eye exam. If you are having trouble seeing distant objects, book an appointment now to discuss ways to help manage this condition for you and your loved ones.

How Does Nearsightedness Develop?

When the shape of the eyeball is elongated or the angle of the cornea is overly steep, light rays focus in front of the retina instead of on it. This is what causes blurry distance vision.

Generally, myopia develops in childhood and becomes progressively worse until adulthood, at which time it stabilizes.

Because children’s eyes are in a growth phase and not fully developed, myopia may be controlled and the progression of myopia can, in some cases, be decelerated. It is important, however, that your child undergoes a comprehensive eye exam before a management plan can be formulated.

Nearsightedness Management at Bettner Vision

At Bettner Vision, we use several strategies to manage myopia for both adults and children.

While technically not a myopia management strategy, adults can correct their myopia (along with hyperopia and astigmatism) with laser eye surgery, a surgical procedure that uses a laser to correct refractive errors. At Bettner Vision, we provide laser surgery consultations as well as pre and post-surgery care.

Corneal refractive therapy is a form of orthokeratology that uses high oxygen permeable specialty contact lenses designed to temporarily correct myopia by reshaping your cornea while you sleep. In the morning, you take out the CRT lenses and can go through your day without the need for contacts or glasses.

Paragon CRT® lenses can be worn by children and adults, but are best for patients with low to moderate myopia and mild astigmatism.

Multifocal options for children with myopia can slow the progression of nearsightedness, providing an effective and efficient treatment option. These glasses and contact lenses allow children to see both far objects and near objects clearly.

Atropine 0.01% eye drops have been shown to slow the progression of myopia in some children by relaxing the focusing mechanism. However, atropine drops do not reverse myopia, and children who use these drops may still require glasses for clear distance vision.

Studies have shown that in conjunction with atropine eye drops, increasing outdoor activities and decreasing the duration of near work has been effective in delaying myopia onset in some children. We can recommend some strategies to increase outdoor time, as well as help control the time your child engages in near work activities.

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Our Colorado Springs practice is conveniently located in the Marketplace at Briargate, beside Sushi Rakkyo and the T-Mobile store.

Our Address

9205 N Union Blvd #110
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Contact Information

Phone: 719-282-0400
Fax: 719-282-1004
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM5 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
By Appointment
Sunday
Closed

Our Specialty Services

At Bettner Vision, our keratoconus and scleral lens institute specializes in diagnosing and treating patients with keratoconus – a progressive eye disorder that results in the thinning of the cornea.

Keratoconus & Scleral Lens Institute

Ophthalmology is a branch of medicine that specializes in eye anatomy, physiology, and diseases of the eye.

Ophthalmology

Vision therapy, sometimes known as orthoptics, is akin to physical therapy for the eyes and brain. It is a non-surgical, customizable set of exercises and activities that aim to resolve symptoms that interfere with visual abilities, motor skills, and brain function.

Pediatric & Binocular Vision Therapy

Our eyes and brain are inseparably linked. Impulses continuously travelling back and forth via the optic nerve ultimately result in what we see and how we see it.

Neuro-Optometry

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