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Myopia Control at Dr. Finley’s Family Eyecare in Herndon

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What is Myopia?

Myopia is a commonly occurring refractive error that affects distance vision. It occurs when the eyeball is too long, or its inner surface is too steep, causing light to focus in front of the retina instead of on it.

Myopia can be corrected using either prescription glasses or prescription contacts, but it can also be controlled using a variety of methods.

How Can Myopia be Controlled?

Myopic eyes typically become worse over time, with the most rapid changes in prescription generally occurring during childhood. To keep either your, or your child’s, prescription as low as possible, Dr. Finley’s Family Eyecare offers several myopia control methods.

Atropine medicated eye drops are commonly used to control myopia in children. Some research suggests that myopia in children could be linked to tired eye-focusing muscles. Atropine drops temporarily paralyze the eye’s focusing muscles, forcing them to relax, causing the pupils to dilate.

Atropine drops have been found to effectively control myopia and slow its progression, particularly during the first year of treatment.

Ortho-k (also called orthokeratology) contact lenses are specialty contact lenses that can be used to control myopia. These rigid, gas-permeable lenses gently reshape your cornea as you sleep, providing you with clear vision the next day. Though the effects of ortho-k lenses are temporary (you will need to wear them every night to continue to enjoy clear vision), the prolonged use of ortho-k lenses has been found to slow myopia progression.

Multifocal contact lenses are specifically designed for patients whose eyes are both myopic and presbyopic. Presbyopia is a condition that typically develops as we age, and affects our near vision, while myopia affects our distance vision.

These specially designed contact lenses allow you to experience clear, crisp vision at all distances while also reducing near-focusing eye strain. These and other forms of multifocal contact lenses can be used to slow myopia progression in children.

Made with gel-like hydrogels, these lenses are thin, pliable and very comfortable on the eye.

Does your child have myopic eyes? Speak to their optometrist during their next appointment and see if myopia control is a good choice for your child.

Just like multifocal contact lenses, multifocal glasses are designed to give clear vision to patients who have both myopia and presbyopia. The upper portion of the lens allows you to clearly see objects far away, while the lower portion provides you with clear close vision. Multifocal glasses can also reduce near strain, and can control myopia in children.

Executive top bifocals are a type of glasses lenses that have been shown to reduce myopia progression in children. Like traditional bifocal lenses, the lens contains 2 prescriptions. The top portion corrects distance vision while the bottom portion is used for near vision. The dual prescriptions help reduce eye strain during near vision tasks, which helps to reduce myopia progression.


If either you or your child has myopic eyes, myopia control may be a good option to consider. Speak to your optometrist during your next visit for more information.

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Where are we located?

Dr. Finley’s Family Eyecare is conveniently located on the corner of Pine Street and Monroe Street, across the road from the Pine Street Plaza.


709 Pine Street
Herndon, VA 20170

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Phone: (703) 471-7810
Fax: 703.471.6549
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