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FAQs with Dr Kyle

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Dr Kyle answers the most frequently asked questions below.

If you have a question, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

1. What are Scleral Lenses?

Scleral lenses are different from regular hard contact lenses in that they are larger in diameter and rest on the sclera (the white part of the eye) rather than the cornea.

This allows for a more stable fit and minimizes discomfort associated with traditional hard lenses.

Scleral lenses also provide a reservoir of fluid between the lens and cornea which can improve comfort and visual acuity.

2. Who are the Best Candidates for Scleral Lenses?

The best candidates for scleral lenses are individuals with irregular corneas such as those with keratoconus, corneal ectasia, or post-surgical complications.

They can also be beneficial for patients with severe dry eye or other ocular surface diseases. Schedule a consultation at our office to see if scleral lenses are the right choice for you.

3. What is Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a progressive eye condition in which the cornea thins and bulges outward into a cone shape, causing distorted and blurred vision.

The exact cause of keratoconus is not known, but genetics, eye rubbing, and chronic eye irritation may play a role. Scleral lenses are a good option for people with keratoconus because they provide a more stable and comfortable fit compared to traditional contact lenses.

Because the lenses rest on the sclera rather than the cornea, they are less likely to irritate the already-sensitive cornea.

Additionally, the reservoir of fluid between the lens and cornea can help improve visual acuity by smoothing out the irregularities caused by the cone-shaped cornea.

Overall, scleral lenses offer a great option for those with keratoconus who may struggle with other forms of vision correction.

4. What is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common refractive error in which people can see objects up close clearly but have difficulty seeing objects in the distance.

This occurs when the eyeball grows too long from front to back, causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of on it.

5. Is Myopia a Major Health Issue?

Yes, Myopia is becoming a major health issue because its prevalence is increasing worldwide, especially in urban areas and among younger populations.

It is estimated that by 2050, nearly half of the world’s population will be myopic. This increase is thought to be related to lifestyle changes, such as spending more time indoors and engaging in activities that require near vision, such as reading and using electronic devices.

Increased levels of myopia have been associated with an increased risk of vision-threatening conditions, such as retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy, and glaucoma.

6. What is Myopia Management?

Myopia Management is customized program to slow down, or even stop, the child’s myopia from worsening.

If you have noticed your child’s vision needs a higher prescription each 6-12 months, then Myopia Management is important.

At Optical Illusions, we offer a range of myopia management options, such as orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses, soft multifocal contact lenses, and atropine eye drops.

7. Is my Child a Candidate for Myopia Management?

Your child is a good candidate for myopia management if they have been diagnosed with myopia or are at risk of developing myopia.

If your child has a family history of myopia, spends a lot of time doing near work or screen time, or have any level of myopia, they should have an evaluation for myopia management.

Dr. Wilson will conduct a thorough eye exam and discuss the most suitable myopia management option for your child.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help manage your child’s myopia.