Myopia Control: What is Sleep Sight?

No one wants their child to struggle to see. However, the symptoms of nearsightedness often go unnoticed by parents for a long time. Children as young as three can begin showing signs of Myopia, although it may not be caught for years without a proper comprehensive eye exam. You may not know your child is squinting to see the board at school, and they may not know that their blurred vision is unusual. It can be very hard for young children and parents to identify the presence of vision problems without the help of an optometrist.

 

Myopia is one of the most common forms of vision problems in young children, and it should be treated when discovered. Learn how Myopia control is possible for your child below!

What is Myopia?

Myopia is also called nearsightedness; it occurs when the eye forms in an elongated shape instead of round. The primary symptom is trouble seeing objects at a distance. Most parents do not realize that Myopia is a progressive disease that can worsen over time. In the past, you could only treat the symptoms of Myopia with glasses or contacts. Now, with new advances in technology, you can get Myopia control and slow the progression of this disease.

What is Sleep Sight?

At Jarvis Vision Center, we offer treatment for Myopia called orthokeratology. This method of treating nearsightedness has been around for years, although it is not widely known. It is a simple, effective way to slow the progression of Myopia and has been proven to reduce the risk of Myopia related vision problems later in life.

How Does it Work?

Orthokeratology, or Sleep Sight, is a hard lens that is worn on the eyes like a contact lens. These lenses are only worn at night, while the person is asleep, and are removed in the morning. 

During the night, the lenses gently reshape the cornea to the proper shape. This reshaping allows the wearer to see clearly as if their eyes were unaffected by the elongation of Myopia and eliminates the need for glasses or contacts during the day. 

The Pros:

  • Sleep Sight is easy, painless, and effective.

  • The wearer can often go an entire day without the need for further vision correction from glasses or contacts.

  • Sleep Sight is non-permanent, unlike Lasik surgery. The wearer can decide to stop the treatment at any time, and their eyes will return to their natural state in a few days.

  • Sleep Sight is proven to effectively slow the progression of Myopia which can lead to severe vision complications later in life. These risks include macular degeneration, retinal tearing, vision loss, and more.

  • Sleep Sight can be used on children as young as five.

  • In the long run, Sleep Sight is more cost-effective than other methods of treating Myopia like glasses and contacts. 

The Cons:

  • The corrective lenses for Sleep Sight must be worn every night, or the effects will not be seen.

  • The up-front cost is more expensive than a single pair of glasses or a year supply of contacts -- although if the cost is compared to year after year of updating a prescription, it is less expensive.

  • Vision benefits will not cover Ortho-K treatments like Sleep Sight.

  • Young children may require more help managing Sleep Sight properly than they would glasses or contacts.

Is It Worth It?

When it comes to the question of whether Sleep Sight is right for you and your child, that ultimately is up to you. Myopia causes vision to worsen over time, which leads to changing prescriptions, new glasses, and all the expenses that come with those changes. Also, the health risks for Myopia are dangerous if your child has a severe case.  

Some cases of Myopia only progress a little through childhood, while others see a drastic progression in short periods of time. These highly progressive cases are the cause for the most concern since the rapid stretching of the eye can lead to damage or weakening of the retina. This damage can lead to other complications like retinal tearing or macular degeneration later.


If your child is showing signs of nearsightedness or has been diagnosed with Myopia, call Jarvis Vision Center today. You can receive a free Sleep Sight consultation and evaluation. This process will determine if your child can benefit from these corrective lenses.

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