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Early Control of Myopia Matters

Myopia in Children Means More than Needing Glasses

Myopia significantly increases the long-term risk of SERIOUS vision conditions. Ask your Rockville Centre optometrist about options.

Understanding Nearsightedness

Myopia, also commonly referred to as being “nearsighted” is a condition where light from objects in the distance focus in the front of the eye, instead of where it’s supposed to focus on―the retina. This causes distance vision to distort and become blurry. Myopia starts in childhood and progressively deteriorates into young adulthood.

Your child’s prescription seems to get worse all the time. It’s more than an inconvenience. It’s a serious risk to your child’s vision.

If your child’s prescription for nearsightedness is getting worse all the time, it’s more than an inconvenience. Myopia can be aggressive. As incidence rates of myopia drastically rise, it’s also the case that aggressive or progressive myopia is rapidly increasing too. This situation is much worse than needing stronger and stronger corrective lenses, glasses or contacts. Myopia puts your child at risk for a wide range of serious and potentially devastating eye conditions later in life. These risks include:

      • Cataracts
      • Macular Degeneration
      • Retinal detachment
      • Glaucoma

The more advanced the progression, the greater the risks associated with the Myopia. However, the research is now showing that any amount of myopia is dangerous.

At , we specialize in providing the greater Long Island area with effective, specialized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or even halting the progression of myopia, we reduce these long-term risks to best ensure that your child enjoys seeing the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.

What Is Progressive Myopia?

Myopia is very often progressive. This means that the distance vision gets worse and worse, meaning your child constantly needs an updated and stronger prescription and new glasses or contacts. Since learning is by and large visual, the progression of myopia often outpaces your child’s eye exams. Myopia, therefore, negatively affects your child’s school performance. What’s more, the rate of progression of myopia directly correlates with the risk levels of developing vision-threatening eye diseases. Typically, myopia is broken down into these categories:

  • High Myopia
  • Moderate Myopia
  • Low Myopia

Low, High, and Medium correspond to how far along the myopia has progressed, in other words, how strong a prescription is needed. The higher the myopia and the higher the rate of progression, the higher the risks to your child’s vision.

How Is Myopia Progression Managed?

There are two primary methods for controlling the progression of nearsightedness in children. 

Ortho K

Ortho K contact lenses are custom made contacts that are worn while you sleep and gently shape the eye leaving you with great vision without the aid of glasses or contacts. Ortho K is also known as GVSS or Orthokeratology and is considered the best choice for children with Myopia to reduce their risk of eye diseases as they age. Kids are particularly fond of Ortho K because they are able to be glasses/contacts free during the day which improves self-esteem, vision, and reduces the risk of eye injuries.

Soft Multifocal Contacts

Soft multifocal contact lenses are becoming more and more sought after as a method of myopia control. Studies show that multifocal contacts are very effective at reducing the progression of myopia (commonly known as nearsighted or shortsighted). Contact lenses provide a great solution for ensuring your child is safe when playing sports, and studies show that children who wear contact lenses have a higher self-esteem, and are accepted by their peers more than those that wear glasses. Because contacts are on the eye they provide better periphery vision than glasses.

Slow the Progression of Your Child's Myopia

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What Is Myopia?
Understanding Nearsightedness

Myopia, also commonly referred to as being “nearsighted” is a condition where light from objects in the distance focus in the front of the eye, instead of where it’s supposed to focus on―the retina. This causes distance vision to distort and become blurry. Myopia starts in childhood and progressively deteriorates into young adulthood.

Your child’s prescription seems to get worse all the time. It’s more than an inconvenience. It’s a serious risk to your child’s vision.

If your child’s prescription for nearsightedness is getting worse all the time, it’s more than an inconvenience. Myopia can be aggressive. As incidence rates of myopia drastically rise, it’s also the case that aggressive or progressive myopia is rapidly increasing too. This situation is much worse than needing stronger and stronger corrective lenses, glasses or contacts. Myopia puts your child at risk for a wide range of serious and potentially devastating eye conditions later in life. These risks include:

      • Cataracts
      • Macular Degeneration
      • Retinal detachment
      • Glaucoma

The more advanced the progression, the greater the risks associated with the Myopia. However, the research is now showing that any amount of myopia is dangerous.

At , we specialize in providing the greater Long Island area with effective, specialized treatment to control the progression of myopia. By stopping or even halting the progression of myopia, we reduce these long-term risks to best ensure that your child enjoys seeing the world with healthy eyes throughout his or her life.

What Is Progressive Myopia?

Myopia is very often progressive. This means that the distance vision gets worse and worse, meaning your child constantly needs an updated and stronger prescription and new glasses or contacts. Since learning is by and large visual, the progression of myopia often outpaces your child’s eye exams. Myopia, therefore, negatively affects your child’s school performance. What’s more, the rate of progression of myopia directly correlates with the risk levels of developing vision-threatening eye diseases. Typically, myopia is broken down into these categories:

  • High Myopia
  • Moderate Myopia
  • Low Myopia

Low, High, and Medium correspond to how far along the myopia has progressed, in other words, how strong a prescription is needed. The higher the myopia and the higher the rate of progression, the higher the risks to your child’s vision.

How Is Myopia Progression Managed?

There are two primary methods for controlling the progression of nearsightedness in children. 

Ortho K

Ortho K contact lenses are custom made contacts that are worn while you sleep and gently shape the eye leaving you with great vision without the aid of glasses or contacts. Ortho K is also known as GVSS or Orthokeratology and is considered the best choice for children with Myopia to reduce their risk of eye diseases as they age. Kids are particularly fond of Ortho K because they are able to be glasses/contacts free during the day which improves self-esteem, vision, and reduces the risk of eye injuries.

Soft Multifocal Contacts

Soft multifocal contact lenses are becoming more and more sought after as a method of myopia control. Studies show that multifocal contacts are very effective at reducing the progression of myopia (commonly known as nearsighted or shortsighted). Contact lenses provide a great solution for ensuring your child is safe when playing sports, and studies show that children who wear contact lenses have a higher self-esteem, and are accepted by their peers more than those that wear glasses. Because contacts are on the eye they provide better periphery vision than glasses.

What Causes Myopia?

Myopic vision is caused when the eye becomes elongated and and overly-curved in the front. This causes the objects we see to become blurry at a distance. In short, the signals to our eyes get distorted.

The exact cause of myopia is not entirely clear, although it seems to be a combination of genetics and environment. More and more, the evidence is pointing to two factors which seem to greatly affect the incidence rates around the world: greatly reduced time outdoors and rapidly increasing time spent in front of digital devices such as computers, smartphones, and tablets.

Why Are Rates of Myopia Increasing? Is Myopia An Epidemic?

While the exact causes of Myopia are not entirely certain, what is certain is that rates of myopia are drastically on the rise throughout the world. In fact, over 10 million American children have myopia, nearly double the incidence rate of myopia as compared to only a 2 decades ago. Incidence of myopia in children is enough for it to be considered an epidemic, with the number expected to jump 40% worldwide by 2050. Myopia is currently the 6th leading cause of blindness worldwide, with that figure expected to rise.

You Treat Nearsightedness With Glasses Or Contact Lenses, Isn’t That Enough?

Corrective lenses such as regular glasses or contact lenses refocus the light to compensate for the myopia. This is what allows someone with myopia to see more clearly. However, Lenses DO NOT address the myopia itself: the elongated eyeball or overly curved front of the eye and the risks associated with it. Wearing Glasses or Contact Lenses for myopia issues would be analogous to taking Tylenol for the short-term management of a fever's symptoms, while not taking the antibiotics necessary to cure the actual infection. 

How Is Myopia Dangerous? Isn’t Myopia Just Inconvenient?

What many people don’t know is that myopia is dangerous. Over recent years, the research has conclusively shown that myopia significantly increases the likelihood of a number of serious conditions which can rob your child of sight as he or she ages. This includes: Cataracts, Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, and Retinal Detachment.

  • Cataracts and Myopia
    A child with medium to high myopia is 5 times more likely to develop cataracts in his or her lifetime.
    Cataracts is condition where the lens of the eye clouds over and makes vision difficult or even impossible.

  • Glaucoma and Myopia
    Rates of glaucoma increase dramatically in children with myopia. A child with myopia is medium-high 3 times more likely to develop this serious condition, which occurs when fluid build up puts pressure on the eye causing irreversible damage to the optic nerve. Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness.


  • Retinal Detachment: Even Mild Myopia is Dangerous
    New research is showing that medium and high myopia significantly increases the risk of retinal detachment. A child with mild myopia, -4 to -7, is 21 times more likely to develop retinal detachment, while children with high myopia, worse than -7, are 44 times more likely to develop this serious vision condition.Retinal Detachment is a condition where the retina literally detaches from the layers beneath it. This causes lost fields of visions, flashes of light, floaters, and even total loss of your child’s eyesight.
  • Myopic Macular Degeneration
    Myopia occurs because the eyeball becomes increasingly elongated. When the progression of myopia is extremely high, or, malignant, it can cause the retina to be stretched, causing tears to form in the macula and bleeding in the areas beneath the retina. This can cause irreversible vision loss and blindness. Children with -5 to -7 have a 44 time greater increased risk, and 126 time greater for children with high myopia.

Control The Progression Of Your Child’s Myopia.

Book A Myopia Control Appointment

What Is Myopia Control?

In recent years, a number of advanced methods have been developed to control myopia. Unlike glasses or regular contact lenses, the goal of myopia control is to slow or even halt the progression of myopia entirely. At The Myopia Control Center At Diamond Vision, Dr. Shane Galan will begin with a full assessment of your child’s myopia. We will then recommend a personalized treatment plan to slow or even stop your child’s myopia from getting worse. This is what will minimize the risks to your child’s long-term vision.

When Should My Child Start Myopia Control?

The more advanced the myopia is, the greater the risks. Therefore, our Long Island Myopia Control Experts recommend starting Myopia Control as soon as myopia is detected. It’s important to halt the myopia before your child’s vision deteriorates any further. This is the only way to minimize the risks. It also has the significant benefit of keeping your child from needing stronger and stronger lenses over time.

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What Is Myopia Control?

In recent years, a number of advanced methods have been developed to control myopia. Unlike glasses or regular contact lenses, the goal of myopia control is to slow or even halt the progression of myopia entirely. At the, The Myopia Control Center At Diamond Vision, Dr. Shane Galan will begin with a full assessment of your child’s myopia. We will then recommend a personalized treatment plan to slow or even stop your child’s myopia from getting worse. This is what will minimize the risks to your child’s long-term vision.

The more advanced the myopia is, the greater the risks. Therefore, our Long Island Myopia Control Experts recommend starting Myopia Control as soon as myopia is detected. It’s important to halt the myopia before your child’s vision deteriorates any further. This is the only way to minimize the risks. It also has the significant benefit of keeping your child from needing stronger and stronger lenses over time.

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What Treatments Are There For Myopia? How Does Myopia Control Work?

There are two main treatments that are used for effective Myopia Control. These are:

  • Orthokeratology (Ortho-k), also known as GVSS (Gentle Vision Shaping System) and CRT
  • Specialized soft multifocal contact lenses

Each treatment option has its advantages and disadvantages. After we assess your child’s myopia, we will talk through all the options and develop a treatment plan that works best for your family.

Ortho-K, or, orthokeratology goes by many names.

  • Gentle Shaping Vision System (GVSS)
  • Corneal Reshaping Therapy (CRT)
  • Vision Shaping Therapy (VST)
  • Corneal Molding (CM)

All of these treatment names are more or less the same thing. A rigid contact lens is custom-made for your child’s eyes by our Long Island Myopia Control experts. These special lenses are worn at night by your child. As your child sleeps, the lenses gently reshape the cornea of the eyes. This reshaping corrects the elongation of the eye which causes the myopia. What this means is that the wearer won’t need glasses or contact lenses during the day at all — an especially appealing option for kids who don’t want to wear glasses or young athletes. What’s more, ortho-k has been proven to be highly effective at slowing and halting the progression of myopia, so it also is protecting your child’s adult vision while freeing them from glasses in the here and now.

Ortho-k allows adults and children alike to wake up with their vision adjusted, without the need to wear glasses or contacts during the day. For children, Ortho-k has been proven effective at slowing and even halting the progression of Myopia.

Ortho-k for Adults: A Safe Vision Correction Alternative to LASIK Surgery
Because corneal reshaping allows the wearer to see without glasses or contacts during the day, more and more adults are also being fitted for ortho-k. This could be for social or lifestyle reasons. Ortho-k is also appealing to certain professions such as:

  • Construction workers
  • Law Enforcement
  • Athletes
  • Pilots
  • Long-distance drivers

Ortho-k is an effective and non-surgical alternative to LASIK, and will often work for people who, for whatever reason, don’t want or don’t qualify for LASIK surgery.

Learn more about OrthoK 

Another way myopia can be controlled is by using soft, multifocal contact lenses, which your child wears during the day. By altering the near, middle, and peripheral focus, in addition to correcting distance vision, the eyes are forced to adjust. This slows down the elongation in the eye over time and is an effective means to control myopia.

Learn more about multifocal contact lenses for myopia management 

Meet Our Myopia Control Optometrist
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Shane M. Galan, OD

Dr Shane Galan was born and raised in Rockaway Beach and Oceanside NY.  He graduated SUNY Albany in 1991 and The New England College of Optometry in 1996.  In 1997, Dr Galan completed his residency at the Northport VA Hospital and has has owned Diamond Vision  since 2000.  Dr Galan is married...

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Dr. Shane Galan is dedicated to protecting the long term vision health of children. Because of the overwhelming evidence now available proving the dangers of myopia, Dr. Shane Galan founded the The Myopia Control Center At Diamond Vision in order to provide the most advanced and effective myopia control throughout New York.

The The Myopia Control Center At Diamond Vision proudly provides advanced pediatric eyecare for patients from Long Island as well as:

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  • Myopia control treatments may deal with induction of structural changes in the eye and altering its focus to relieve focusing fatigue, which is one of the main causes of the progression of myopia.
  • "Ortho-k," is the process of reshaping the eye with specially-designed rigid gas permeable contact lenses. The goal of ortho-k is to flatten the front surface of the eye and thereby correct mild to moderate amounts of nearsightedness and astigmatism.
  • We've seen excellent results with Ortho-K and have patients who are very happy with the benefits this specialty eye care service offers. Read more here.
  • An epidemic has descended upon the world's children. Since 1970, nearsightedness has doubled in America and Europe.  By 2050, half the world's population- 5 billion people- will be myopic. Read more here.
  • Check out these videos about myopia control and Ortho-K, including features with Barbara Walters and Peter Jennings.
  • Non surgical vision correction for adults and children using Ortho K corneal shaping night-time contact lenses.
  • Orthokeratology contact lenses reshapes the cornea while the patient sleeps. The contact lenses apply a gentle amount of pressure that reshapes the cornea surface.
  • Orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, is a special non-surgical vision correction procedure involving special gas permeable contact lenses that are worn each night while you sleep, to gently reshape your cornea and correct your vision.
  • Multifocal Contact Lenses are a great choice for children with Myopia. When used to reduce the progression of Myopia, multifocal contacts significantly reduce your childs risk of vision loss later in life.

A Childhood Disease Worth Preventing | Nicholas Despotidis | TEDxAsburyPark

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