What Is the Myopia Control Clinic?
The Myopia Control Clinic at the NECO Center for Eye Care is a evidence-based treatment program for myopia, or nearsightedness, located at our Commonwealth location. As instances of myopia are on the rise, the treatments offered at our specialty clinic seek to slow or even stop the progression of myopia in children. Our doctors use the latest research-based treatment options for controlling myopia. These treatments control myopia by affecting the eye growth underlaying the condition.
The Myopia Control Clinic offers four evidence-based treatments developed in the last decade and based on ample scientific evidence that has shown to be effective for many children. Our doctors have academic appointments at New England College of Optometry and research backgrounds in myopia. They perform advanced testing, including measurements of the length of the eye, to determine the best treatment method for each child and work with families to customize the treatment plan for their child.
How to Schedule an Appointment
Appointments can be scheduled by contacting our clinical coordinator Sarah Coombs at 617-262-2020 (press option 6 when message starts). Evening and weekend appointments are available.
Who Is a Prospective Myopia Control Patient?
The Myopia Control Clinic might also be indicated for children and young adults who do not yet have significant myopia but meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Two myopic parents
- Refractive error of either low hyperopia or low myopia
- Limited time spent outdoors
- Excessive near work
What Treatment Options Does the Myopia Control Clinic Offer?
The NECO Myopia Control Clinic provides new treatments based on the latest laboratory and clinical research. These treatments have shown to be effective for many children in large population clinical research studies that have been developed in the last decade, and control myopia by affecting the eye growth underlying the condition. In the last decade, four promising treatments have been shown in clinical trials to be effective for most children: orthokeratology (OrthoK) contact lenses, multifocal contact lenses, bifocal eyeglasses or PALS, and low dose atropine eye drops. Learn more about specific myopia treatment options. Learn more about specific Treatment Options.
Where Is the NECO Myopia Control Clinic Located?
The NECO Myopia Control Clinic is conveniently located at the NECO Center for Eye Care, 930 Commonwealth Avenue West, Boston, MA 02215 near Boston University. The clinic is located in new facilities that have advanced instrumentation and procedures for a thorough eye examination. Get Directions to NECO Center for Eye Care Commonwealth.
Myopia Control Clinic Advisory Board
- Vicki Chen, MD
- Jane Gwiazda, PhD
- Debora Nickla, PhD
- Frances Rucker, Dip Opt Optics, MSc, PhD, MCOptom
- Fuensanta Vera-Diaz, OD, PhD