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Myopia Control Clinic

Even 1 diopter less of myopia reduces the risk of myopic maculopathy by 40% and of retinal detachment by 30%. The goal is to treat myopia, not just correct it.

A research-based approach to myopia control

Two optometrists in scrubs nd kid giving the thumbs up.Myopia (nearsightedness) is an eye condition caused by excess growth and stretching at the back of the eye. Conventional eyeglasses and contact lenses can correct blurriness, yet do not treat the progressive nature of myopia. The higher the myopia, the longer the eye and therefore increased risk for complications that may cause serious irreversible vision loss. The sooner your child’s myopia is managed, the less the risk of developing ocular complications later in life.

Our approach to myopia management

The Myopia Control Clinic provides the latest treatments that can slow or halt the progression of myopia in children. Addressing your child’s myopia now may reduce the chance that they will develop sight-threatening complications later in life. Children who develop myopia earlier on and those who have large amounts of myopia are more likely to need treatment.

  • Comprehensive myopia management services to children and young adults in a welcoming environment.
  • The latest diagnostic equipment, including non-contact biometric methods to measure the length of the eye, a necessary tool to evaluate the effectiveness of the myopia treatment, and OCT imaging.
  • Computerized topographic testing to determine the best treatment method for your child.
  • Customized treatment plans based on the family’s history, child’s ocular characteristics, and lifestyle.
  • Treatments methods based on the latest laboratory and clinical research.

Myopia treatments

We offer specialized treatment options that work to slow the eye growth underlying myopia.

  • Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) contact lenses
  • Multizone soft contact lenses. Some of these lenses (MiSight®) are FDA approved specifically to control myopia.
  • Low dose Atropine eye drops
  • Specially designed eyeglasses

In addition, a child who is at risk of myopia can benefit by spending more time outdoors.  An average of about 2 hours of time outdoors per day has been shown to be an effective way to prevent or slow its progression.

Our deep expertise in myopia

NECO Myopia Control Clinic offers the latest technology to image the eye to determine a customized treatment plan for your child. Our doctors are myopia control experts with nearly two decades of experience and in the forefront of myopia research and the use of the MiSight® contact lens. The clinicians are regularly called on to present at international symposia on myopia prevention, causes, and treatments.

 

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Myopia Research at NECO

New England College of Optometry has long been a leader in the area of myopia research. The establishment of the Myopia Research Center in 1995 and the Correction of Myopia Evaluation Trial (COMET) established NECO as an international leader in basic and clinical eye research. COMET was the first NEI/NIH-sponsored clinical trial in optometry.

Today, NECO continues its myopia research in the area of visual regulation of eye growth, treatments for children, and risk factors for the progression of myopia and is utilizing the findings of myopia research within the myopia control clinic. NECO researchers are seeking participants to help develop effective treatments for the prevention of myopia in their PICNIC study.

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