We Bring Clarity to the Horizon
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is one of the most common issues affecting children’s vision today. Nearly 30% of children have some degree of myopia, and research suggests that number will rise to almost 50% by 2050!
We’re committed to helping your child enjoy clear, crisp, comfortable vision, which is why we’re proud to offer myopia control solutions personalized to your child’s needs. Clear eyesight can help your child enjoy more of their life, like school, sports, and hobbies—and all you have to do is book an appointment.
Support your child’s vision and give our team a call today!
What Is Myopia?
Myopia is a refractive error that can develop as the eye elongates as it grows. Over time, light entering the eye will not reach the retina correctly, leading to blurry distance vision.
Myopia typically develops in school-aged children, and it can progress into adulthood. Glasses and contact lenses are commonly used to help correct myopic vision, but we might recommend other strategies depending on how myopia is affecting your child’s sight.
Slowing down myopia progression can also help reduce the risk of developing high myopia, an issue that could lead to further eye health and vision problems.
The Risks of High Myopia
High myopia can increase the risk of several eye problems, some of which could lead to permanent vision loss.
It’s our mission to prevent these issues from developing using a range of high-tech treatments and strategies. If you or your child has a risk of developing high myopia, we’ll be happy to monitor any changes regularly so we can address concerns promptly.
The risk of experiencing retinal detachment is 5 to 6 times higher if someone has high myopia.
When the eye elongates too much, it stretches the retina to a point where it may separate from the blood vessels at the back of the eye, leading to permanent vision loss.
Retinal detachment is an emergency issue that requires immediate medical attention. Call our team if you have high myopia and experience sudden vision loss, flashes and floaters, or reduced peripheral vision.
Researchers suggest that high myopia can increase the risk of developing open-angle glaucoma by 50%, possibly leading to vision loss.
Open-angle glaucoma is an eye disease that affects your optic nerve. Please visit our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page for more information on glaucoma and how we detect it during an eye exam.
Some research has shown that high myopia can make it 17% more likely to need cataract surgery at some point in your life.
Cataracts affect a part of your eye called the crystalline lens, turning it into a hazy, milky, cloudy color over time. Please visit our Eye Disease Diagnosis & Management page for more information on cataracts and how we can help manage them.
Managing Myopia With Orthokeratology
Orthokeratology (ortho-k) is a unique myopia management strategy that uses specialty contact lenses to reshape the cornea gently while your child sleeps.
Reshaping the cornea corrects your child’s refractive error. To help slow down myopia progression, your child will need to wear their ortho-k lenses every night. Your child may feel the lenses on their eyes as they sleep, but this is normal and should not affect their treatment. It may take a few weeks to achieve the clearest vision possible, but most patients report 20/40 vision after a few weeks of continuous wear.
We fit your child’s ortho-k lenses using a combination of high-tech corneal measuring devices like a corneal topographer and a keratometer. Speak to our team today to see if ortho-k technology is the right strategy for your child.
We’re Ready to Help
Find myopia control strategies right for your child and their needs when you book their appointment at Higgins Brothers Vision Care. We’re ready to help bring them the crisp, clear vision they deserve.
Conveniently located a short drive from the I-72 on East Main Street and Crown Street. You’ll recognize our inviting building immediately—it looks like a cozy home.
- 74 E Main St
- Plainville, CT 06062
- Phone: 860-793-9613
- Email: [email protected]
In case of an eye emergency call Dr. Higgins at (860)729-4083.
Hours Of Operation
- Monday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Thursday: 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
- Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: Closed