MULTIFOCAL LENSES FOR MYOPIA CONTROL

How does multifocal contact lens work ?  

  Soft  Multifocal contact lenses with a center distance design are worn during the day and taken off before bedtime.  In addition to the center power that has the patient prescription, it also has additional plus power in the periphery of the lens that causes peripheral blur. This peripheral blur works similarly to orthokeratology and serves a cue for the retina to stop myopia progression.  Multifocals have a similar reduction in progression to orthokeratology at 40-50%. It is important to note that myopia control is only occurring when the lenses are on the eye so it is recommended that contact lenses be worn daily for at least 10 hours. It is never advised to sleep, shower, or swim in soft contact lenses. 

Who is a good candidate? 

All young children with myopia is a good candidate. Multifocal contact lenses are an excellent option for patients already wearing soft contact lenses or patients with prescriptions too high to be fit in orthokeratology lenses. High astigmatism patients are also a good candidate for multifocal lenses.
 Multifocal contact lenses are an excellent option for patients already wearing soft contact lenses or patients with prescriptions too high to be fit in orthokeratology lenses. High astigmatism patients are also a good candidate for multifocal lenses.

It can also be added to other myopia control treatment options if progression is still occurring with one of the other treatment options.







When do I wear the lenses?

Multifocal contact lenses are worn during the day and taken off before bedtime. Correction of vision and myopia control treatment are only occurring when lenses are on the eye. Contact lenses should be worn daily for at least 12 hours. It is never advised to sleep, shower, or swim in soft contact lenses. For kids and teenagers wearing soft lenses, it is recommended to be fit in daily disposable contact lenses to prevent infection. Patients wearing multifocal lenses still need a back up pair of glasses for when lenses are not in the eye.

Is my child/teen a good candidate for multifocals?

Multifocal contact lenses are an excellent option for patients already wearing soft contact lenses or patients with prescriptions too high to be fit in orthokeratology lenses. High astigmatism patients are also a good candidate for multifocal lenses.

 

How effective is myopia control with multifocal lenses?

Multifocals have a similar reduction in progression to orthokeratology at 40-50%. If lenses are not worn everyday or for less than 12 hours per day, the reduction in treatment may go down.








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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


Side effects of low concentration Atropine are very minimal due to the low dosage. With any drop, allergy and allergic red eye can occur, but studies show that it is rare. With higher dose Atropine, sun sensitivity, dilation, and difficulty seeing up close are side effects, but these are not seen in studies when lower doses are used.

Yes, the drops do not change the prescription so normal glasses wear is needed. Contact lenses can be worn as well, but it is recommended to wait 10 minutes after instilling drops.

Yes, but it is recommended to start one treatment first to determine the effectiveness of the treatment. After 6 months have passed, a second treatment can be added to increase effectiveness. Studies have shown that atropine and orthokeratology is additive in terms of effectiveness.

Yes, this is definitely something that can be done. Before discontinuing the drops, we recommend having completed the orthokeratology fitting. Our doctors will evaluate every 6 months to ensure that the new orthokeratology treatment is effective.

It is possible to discontinue Atropine treatment at any time if the treatment is not effective or is not well tolerated by the patient. However, it is very important to discuss this with your optometrist before doing so. A new myopia control treatment plan needs to be set before discontinuing any drops. The drops are only effective when used. If the drops are discontinued, myopia will continue to progress. For most patients with myopia, progression does not stop until after college. 

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