We Are Alabama’s Experts in the Control & Reduction of Myopia
We Work With Our Patients to Systematically Reduce or Prevent Nearsightedness
A relatively new process, though one that is well documented and rooted in sound research, myopia control reduces the risk of permanent vision loss from eye diseases that are linked to high amount of myopia.
Utilizing the latest technologies and processes, myopia control can provide clear eyesight without the need for long-term vision correction (via lenses or laser refractive surgery).
Myopia Control for Children
Growing Eyes Require a Diligent Strategy
As a child develops from infancy to late teen years, so too do the eyes. Myopia is caused by excessive lengthening and stretching of the eyes. Myopia Control is the strategy we use to curb myopia progression.
Myopia Control for Adults
Adults Benefit From Myopia Control, Too!
While the adult mind and body may not be as adaptable as a child’s, many techniques used for myopia control have profound benefits on our adult patients. Centered around corneal reshaping therapy and the use of multifocal contact lenses, many adults achieve great success following our myopia control program.
We are at the forefront of this new and exciting process. We can’t wait to show you how we can help you or your child live a life without lenses!
What is myopia control?
Myopia (also known as nearsightedness) has no cure, though many new treatments are available that can significantly slow its development. By inducing small changes in the structure of the eye, as well as alleviating the fatigue of the eye and its focusing muscles, we can directly influence the pace and severity of your developing myopia.
How myopia control works
Each program is individualized for each patient in order to ensure maximum effectiveness. As each person’s eye is unique, there is no “one size fits all” program.We incorporate four different processes:
Atropine eye drops – These eye drops dilate the pupil and relax the eye focusing muscles. Four studies (published between 1989 and 2010) found that atropine drops reduced myopia progression by up to 81% among nearsighted children.
Corneal reshaping therapy – Utilizing specialized lenses that are worn overnight, corneal reshaping therapy (CRT) influences the eye’s shape and structure. This process is not new, with its roots in orthokeratology, though modern innovations have greatly improved and refined it.
Multifocal contact lenses & glasses – Soft contact lenses that act as multifocals (they contain a prescription for distance and a prescription for near) can slow myopia development. These are worn during the day like typical soft contact lenses, and are removed nightly. The multifocal contact lenses reduce the eye’s stimulus to grow therefore reducing the lengthening of the eye. Some patients also respond well to multi-focal glasses, which are glasses that contain a bifocal or a progressive add.
Guided by expert Optometrists
At Schaeffer Eye Center, we believe that being the best at what we do is a hallmark of our company. We continuously invest in new technologies and training methods that improve our ability to control myopia.You can trust the expert Optometrists at any of our 17 locations across Alabama to provide you excellent medical care.
Why Choose Schaeffer Eye Center?
We continuously explore and invest in new technologies that improve the quality and accuracy of our eye exams, aid in testing for eye diseases (such as glaucoma), and treatment options.
By investing in advanced treatments, such as LipiFlow for dry eye, we can improve the quality of life for patients living with chronic eye conditions. We carry a variety of contact lenses suitable for nearly any prescription, including toric and scleral lenses.
Learn more about the integration of technology into our offices here.
Schaeffer Eye Center offers the best selection in distinctive, designer eyewear.
Our design minded eyewear consultants can assist you in finding the best style to offer comfort that meets your lifestyle needs and fashion sense.
We have grown to 17 locations across Alabama by providing quality service to our patients. Not only are we providers for most of the major insurance plans, we can determine the best use to maximize your benefits.
Schaeffer Eye Center believes in giving back to the community. This belief is demonstrated by current and past support in numerous community organizations.