Q. What is Myopia Management?
- A: Myopia management is the ability to monitor and control the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) in young children who have a high risk of becoming myopic. In order to assess the risk of developing progressive myopia.Dr. Moe Tarabey will examine the patient and determine the magnitude of the patient's nearsightedness and will also ask questions relating to the family history of Myopia, it is also important to determine the type of near tasks performed by each individual as this can also lead to progressive myopia .Once the risk factors are determined this will help Dr. Moe Tarabey to come up with a management plan .
Q. Why is managing myopia important?
- A: It's important to manage the progression of myopia because it can lead to sight threatening eye disease. As the eye becomes myopic, the retina becomes thinner and this can lead to pathological Myopia which in turn can cause retinal tears, holes and detachment.The earlier we start managing myopia the better, the progression does vary from individual to individual. Dr. Moe Tarabey recommends eye exams every 6 months to 1 years in higher risk patients.
Q. What myopia management treatment options do you offer?
- A: Treatment options for myopia management can vary from individual to individual.Dr. Moe Tarabey will determine the treatment options on a case by case basis . The options may include orthokeratology, atropine eye drops , soft myopia defocusing contact lenses and or glasses.
Q. Why should I have a regular eye exam?
- A: Regular eye exams are important for several reasons. While performing a comprehensive eye exam, the optometrist is not only examining how well you can see but also the health of the eye.Medical conditions like High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, multiple sclerosis and autoimmune conditions can affect the health of the eye without any vision changes . Your optometrists can detect early changes and potentially prevent permanent vision loss .
Q. What signs indicate that I need an eye exam?
- A: Most people wait until they notice vision changes to book an eye exam. It is recommended to have an eye exam annually.Sometimes waiting until you have vision changes as an indicator for an eye exam may not be the best way since the vision changes may be irreversible.