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Computer learning and vision problems

Unfortunately because of COVID-19, we’re seeing a lot of our kids spend an enormous amount of time in front of a computer.

This has bad consequences not just for adults that have eye fatigue and strain, but especially in younger children who are still developing their vision. Our visual system needs to be actively involved in using all our space. Not just our close distances like reading and computers, but also moving outside in an infinite space setting like a playground.

Our visual system uses being outdoors to kind of recalibrate, and have good functional focusing ability. Studies show that children who are indoors a lot like in China tend to have higher degrees of myopia or nearsightedness.

The ability to be outside, to play, and have sports is very important for the visual system.

Here are a couple of things we can recommend for your child or young adult that might be spending a lot of time in front of the screen.

First of all, I would suggest the 20-20-20 rule.

Every 20 minutes, look away from the screen, hopefully, 20 feet or more.

Looking outside a window is ideal. Relax your eyes for about 20 seconds. This will be a visual break. If your teacher doesn’t like it, tell them your eye doctor is recommending this. You can still listen to what your teacher is saying, however, you should relax your focus periodically.

Also, make sure that when you are reading or writing that you are no closer than the Harmon distance. The Harmon distance is between knuckle and elbow. If you see your child getting closer and closer to their work, check their Harmon distance and move them back. This is very effective when dealing with younger children. I did this with my daughter when she was 4, and she would check her Harmon distance by putting her elbow on the desk and backing her head up to her knuckles. If you see the children are still doing this a lot, have them checked by a developmental optometrist because, very often, a low plus lens can help the child relax their focus.

You can also make sure that if your child is experiencing eye pain, strain, discomfort, double vision or blur, that you get them in to see their developmental optometrist. We can prescribe glasses for their best comfort at near. We want to preserve our vision & our children’s vision & keep our nation strong despite this pandemic.

Many eye diseases can be quickly and easily diagnosed during a Comprehensive eye exam, Pediatric eye exam and Contact lens eye exam. If you were diagnosed with an eye disease, such as Cataracts, Astigmatism, Pink Eye or conjunctivitis Myopia or Nearsightedness , Glaucoma, Macular degeneration, Diabetic retinopathy, or Dry eye, you may be overwhelmed by the diagnosis and confused about what happens next. Will you need medications or surgery – now or in the future? Is LASIK eye and vision surgery an option for you ? Our Tukwila eye doctor is always ready to answer your questions about eye disease and Contact lenses.

Book an eye exam at Innovative Eyecare eye clinic near you in Tukwila, Washington to learn more about your candidacy for contact lenses and which type is right for you. Call 206-516-2020

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  • My child had a vision exam at my Paediatrician, why do I need to come to the eye doctor?

    Vision screening programs are intended to help identify children or adults who may have undetected vision problems and refer them for further evaluation. However, they can’t be relied on to provide the same results as a comprehensive eye and vision examination. Vision screening programs are intended to help identify children or adults who may have undetected vision problems and refer them for further evaluation. Screenings can take many forms. Often schools provide periodic vision screenings for their students. A pediatrician or other primary care physician may do a vision screening as part of a school physical. When applying for a driver’s license, chances are your vision will be screened. Many times vision screenings are part of local health fairs put on by hospitals, social service agencies or fraternal groups like the Lions and Elks Clubs. While vision screenings can uncover some individuals with vision problems, they can miss more than they find. This is a major concern about vision screening programs. Current vision screening methods cannot be relied upon to effectively identify individuals in need of vision care. In some cases, vision screening may actually serve as an unnecessary barrier to an early diagnosis of vision problems. They can create a false sense of security for those individuals who “pass” the screening, but who actually have a vision problem, thereby delaying further examination and treatment. Undetected and untreated vision problems can interfere with a child’s ability to learn in school and participation in sports or with an adult’s ability to do their job or to drive safely. The earlier a vision problem is diagnosed and treated, the less it will impact an individual’s quality of life.

  • I have heard about blue light being a concern as well. Can you talk a little bit about this and what it means for protecting your eyes?

    Recently, the optical community has found that blue light can also cause long-term damage to the eye. It has been found that overexposure to blue light over time can lead to macular degeneration. To help protect our eyes from these rays, a new coating has been found to block out this blue light. Anti-reflective or anti-glare coating could be a term that is familiar to you. Labs have found a way for these features to block the blue rays coming from our handheld devices, computers, and fluorescent bulbs. This coating has several benefits and protecting our eyes from these harmful rays is one of them.

  • What causes myopia?

    Myopia is caused by a combination of heredity and environmental factors. Studies show that if we can move the focal point in front of the mid-peripheral retina we can slow the progression of myopia. The increased use of cell phones and computers, as well as less time outdoors, is probably a contributing factor.

  • Do I need an optometrist or an ophthalmologist?

    Both are eye doctors that diagnose and treat many of the same eye conditions. The American Optometric Association defines Doctors of Optometry as: primary health care professionals who examine, diagnose, treat and manage diseases and disorders of the visual system, the eye and associated structures as well as diagnose related systemic conditions. They prescribe glasses, contact lenses, low vision rehabilitation, vision therapy and medications as well as perform certain surgical procedures. The main difference between the two, is that ophthalmologists perform surgery, where an optometrist would not, preferring to specialize in eye examinations, as well as eyeglass and contact lens-related services. Optometrists would be involved in all of the pre-and post-operative care of these surgical patients; collecting accurate data, educating the patient, and insuring proper healing after the procedure. An ophthalmologist is more of a medical-related specialist, who would need only to be involved if some kind of surgery were being considered. An optometrist can treat most any eye conditions, including the use of topical or oral medications if needed. This might include the treatment of glaucoma, eye infections, allergic eye conditions, dry eyes and others, to name just a few. A third “O” that often is overlooked is the optician. An optician is not a doctor, and they cannot examine your eye under their own license. However, a highly trained optician plays an indispensable role in the most successful eye doctor’s offices. An optician most often handles the optical, contact lens, and glasses side of things. Based on their vast knowledge of lenses, lens technology and frames, they manufacture eyeglasses, as well as assist in the selection of eyewear based on the requirements of each individual patient.’

Childhood Myopia Is in Crisis Mode on a Global Scale

When it comes to the prevalence of myopia (nearsightedness), the statistics are staggering. By 2050, nearly half of the world’s population—about 5 billion people—will be myopic. Below are a few useful tips to help you prevent your child from being part of that statistic.

What Is Myopia?

Myopia occurs when the eye elongates, causing light rays to focus in front of the light-sensitive retina rather than directly on it, while looking at something far away. So, people with nearsightedness perceive distant objects as blurred while close-up objects can remain clear. 

Myopia tends to develop during childhood, when the eyeballs rapidly grow (along with the rest of the body), mainly between the ages of 8-18. It can worsen slowly or quickly, but it is not simply an inconvenience. People with progressive myopia are more likely to develop serious eye diseases like cataracts, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and glaucoma later in life—conditions which may lead to permanent loss of vision and even blindness.

How To Know Whether Your Child Is Myopic

Below are some telltale signs to watch for: 

  • Blurred distance vision – Objects in the distance are blurred; kids may complain that they can’t see the board
  • Headaches – When myopia isn’t corrected, it can cause eye strain and headaches.
  • Head tilting or squinting – If your child squints or tilts his or her head while watching TV, for example, it may be a symptom of myopia. 
  • Looking at objects too closely – If you notice your child moving closer to the TV or squinting as they try to see the writing on the board, it may indicate myopia.

What Parents Can Do to Slow Their Child’s Myopia Progression 

  • Encourage your child to go outdoors for at least 90 minutes a day, preferably in the sunshine. Studies show that playing outdoors reduces the risk of developing myopia and slows its progression. 
  • Limit the amount of time your child spends staring at a screen, reading and doing close work such as homework. 
  • When your child uses a digital screen, make sure that it isn’t too close to the face.
  • Teach the 20-20-20 rule: During screen time, take a break every 20 minutes to look at an object across the room or out the window about 20 feet away, for at least 20 seconds.

How We Can Help

Certain eye doctors offer treatment methods known as myopia control or myopia management. These include orthokeratology, bifocal or multifocal contact lenses, and eye drops like low dose atropine. Regular eyeglasses and contact lenses don’t prevent its progression but do correct myopia so the child can see and function normally.

If your child shows signs of myopia, schedule an eye exam with Innovative Eyecare in Tukwila as soon as possible.

Q&A

How is myopia diagnosed?

Your child’s eye doctor will perform a thorough pediatric eye exam to diagnose myopia, which often includes a visual acuity test, where the eye doctor will use an eye chart made up of letters of varied sizes. If the test results indicate myopia, then the optometrist may shine a light into their eyes and evaluate the reflection off the retina to determine the degree of refractive error for their prescription.

Can myopia lead to blindness?

High myopia may increase your child’s risk of developing more serious eye conditions later in life, such as cataracts, retinal detachment and glaucoma. Left untreated, high myopia complications can sometimes lead to blindness—which is why routine eye exams are critical.

What You Should Know About Night Blindness

If you don’t see well while driving at night, there’s a chance you have night blindness. Night blindness, or nyctalopia, is the inability to see well at night or in dim lighting. It’s not considered an eye disease, but rather a symptom of an underlying problem.  

Our eye doctor can help diagnose, manage and treat your night blindness so that you can enjoy being out at night again. 

Here are 4 things you should know about night blindness:

Causes of Night Blindness 

The inability to see well at night can be the result of a condition such as:

Vitamin A Deficiency — Vitamin A helps keep your cornea, the layer at the front of your eye, clear; it’s also an important component of rhodopsin, a protein that enables you to see in low light conditions. Although uncommon in North America, deficiency of this vitamin can induce night blindness. 

Cataracts — A buildup of protein clouds the eye’s lens, leading to impaired vision, especially at night and in poor lighting conditions.

Diabetic Retinopathy — Damage to the eyes’ blood vessels and nerves can result in vision loss, including difficulty seeing at night.  

Glaucoma — This group of eye diseases is associated with pressure build-up in the eye that damages the optic nerve. Both glaucoma and the medications used to treat it can cause night blindness. 

Myopia — Also called nearsightedness, myopia makes distant objects appear blurry, and patients with it describe a starburst effect around lights at night.

Keratoconus — An irregularly shaped cornea causes blurred vision and may involve sensitivity to light and glare which tend to be worse at night.

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) — A progressive genetic eye disease which can be associated with other diseases, RP leads to night blindness and peripheral vision loss.

Usher Syndrome — This genetic condition causes both hearing loss and vision loss, including night blindness and RP, mentioned above.

Symptoms of Nyctalopia

Since night blindness is a symptom of some serious vision problems, it’s important to get your eyes checked regularly to ensure that everything is in good working order. Contact your eye doctor as soon as possible if you notice that you don’t see as well in dim light as you used to, such as when driving at night or when adjusting from being outdoors in the sunshine to being indoors. 

Symptoms of Night Blindness Include:

  • Reduced contrast sensitivity
  • Difficulty seeing people outdoors at night
  • Difficulty seeing in places with dim lighting, like a movie theater
  • Trouble adapting to the dark while driving
  • Excessive squinting at night 
  • Trouble adjusting from bright areas to darker ones 

Treatments for Night Blindness

Your eye doctor will want to diagnose the cause of your night blindness in order to treat it. For example, in the rare case of vitamin A deficiency, it can be treated with vitamin supplements and vitamin-A rich foods; myopia can be corrected with eyeglasses or contact lenses. Other conditions may require medications or surgery. 

If night blindness is caused by a birth defect, Usher syndrome, or retinitis pigmentosa, low vision aids and devices can help you make the most of your remaining vision. 

Prevention

While there is no proven way to prevent night blindness resulting from genetic conditions or birth defects, consuming healthy, nourishing foods and taking certain vitamin supplements may prevent or slow the onset of some eye conditions that cause night blindness. 

If you experience poor vision at night or in dim lighting, we can help. Contact Innovative Eyecare in Tukwila to schedule your appointment today. 

How Can My Child’s Myopia Be Corrected?

At Innovative Eyecare, we help children like yours achieve clear and comfortable vision, so they can succeed at the important things in life.

Methods of Myopia Correction

Contact Lenses 

Contacts can be a great choice, especially for physically active children or teens who don’t want to worry about breaking or misplacing their eyeglasses. In some cases of very high myopia, contact lenses can offer clearer vision than glasses. 

Corrective contact lenses are usually placed in the eyes upon waking and removed at night before bedtime. There are several types, including: soft contacts, daily disposables, extended wear, and rigid gas permeable (hard) lenses. Navigating through the differences between them can be daunting. Fortunately, if you’re located in Tukwila our eye doctor will be happy to guide you. Speak with Dr. Patricia Jitodai to determine whether your child is ready for contact lenses. 

Prescription Glasses 

Glasses are a popular choice among our younger patients. Choosing from an array of styles makes the process fun and exciting! Allowing the children to be active participants in selecting their eyewear increases the likelihood that they’ll actually wear them. There are strong, flexible and resilient frames which look great and are comfortable too.

The optician can customize the lenses with additions and upgrades like impact-resistant or shatter-proof materials, scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coatings, UV filters, and transition lenses that darken in the sun. For those requiring vision correction for distance and near, we also offer bifocal or multifocal lens prescriptions. 

We Can Help Correct Your Child’s Myopia 

If you’re located near Tukwila, Washington , an eye exam with our optometrist can determine your child’s exact prescription, and give you the opportunity to receive answers to any questions you may have about your child’s eye health and vision. Progressive myopia, where a growing child’s prescription continues to worsen, is why it’s important for myopic children to undergo eye exams at least once a year. 

At Innovative Eyecare, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to recommend the most suitable method of correcting your child’s myopia to meet his or her individual needs. Thanks to the wide range options available, your child will walk away with eyewear that will not only enhance his or her style but will also be a boost of confidence. 

Let us help your child see the world in a whole new light. To schedule your child’s annual eye exam or if you have any further questions, contact Innovative Eyecare at 206-508-4700 today. 

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Vision Correction

Did you know that nearly 9 and a half million American adults have myopia? That’s nearly 4% of all adults in the entire country! 30% of Canadians have the condition, as well, making it one of the most common vision problems globally—and these numbers are on the rise.

At Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD and the staff help patients with their vision correction needs. If you or a loved one have any vision difficulties, we can help.

All You Need To Know About Vision Correction

Vision Correction is used to correct refractive errors such as myopia (nearsightedness), hyperopia (farsightedness), astigmatism (when light enters the eye incorrectly), or presbyopia (farsightedness due to aging).

What Is A Refractive Error?

The ability to see images or objects with clear, sharp vision results from light entering the eye. Light rays bend or refract when they hit the retina, sending nerve signals to the optic nerve, which then sends these signals to the brain. The brain processes them into images, allowing you to understand what you see. When these light rays bend incorrectly, it results in a refractive error and typically causes blurry or cloudy vision.

Your eye doctor will often prescribe eyeglasses or contact lenses to correct the vision impairment. Glasses and contacts enhance your vision by shifting the way that images enter your eyes. They refract light properly, so that your brain processes images correctly, resulting in clear vision. However, corrective lenses do not cure vision problems; they simply enhance your existing vision.

What Is Considered “Vision Correction”?

Since the primary cause of vision problems is caused by light bending incorrectly as it enters the eye, virtually any method of treatment that changes this can be categorized as a form of vision correction.

Eyeglasses and contact lenses – the most common types of corrective measures – are almost always recommended as the first course of treatment for vision problems. While they are considered a very basic method of vision correction, they are unable to control the refractive error from progressing. Patients whose vision worsens over time need new glasses or contacts. In these cases, longer-term solutions are needed.

Deciding upon the right course of treatment for refractive errors can depend on several factors such as age, your lifestyle and daily activities, eye health, and overall physical health. Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD will conduct a thorough eye exam and discuss your and your family’s medical history to get a complete picture of your vision needs.

The Benefits Of Vision Correction Without Surgery

When eye surgery is performed and the corneal tissue – or the cornea itself – is repaired or reshaped, it is generally permanent. Surgical procedures are matters of a serious nature and are often the last resort, when all other vision correction options have been exhausted. That’s why most doctors recommend non-surgical treatment methods first.

teen smiling 6 640Some of the benefits of non-surgical vision correction include:

  • Less invasive: surgery is an invasive procedure which involves corneal incisions, whereas non-surgical corrective treatments are less intense with lower risks
  • Not permanent, so it’s easier to try different treatment methods to find which ones work for your needs
  • LASIK has ZERO guarantees for how many years you’ll enjoy 20/20 vision. Whether you have 1 year or 10 years is completely up to your eyes. Orthokeratology, however, provides guaranteed 20/20 vision or better as long as you wear the lenses.
  • Orthokeratology can correct both near and far vision. LASIK is only for nearsightedness.
  • Some patients may not be good candidates for eye surgery due to age, a thin cornea, or the presence of other viruses or eye conditions. For example, a patient with chronic dry eyes could be ineligible for LASIK, since this surgery can exacerbate symptoms of Dry Eye.

Vision Correction is Safe For Kids As Young As 6 And For Adults Over 60!

Non-surgical vision correction is safe for children as young as 6 and adults over the age of 60.

Some vision correction surgeries cannot be performed on patients under 21 years old. Kids’ eyes are still developing and their vision is unstable, so most doctors prefer to wait until their young patients’ eyes stabilize before considering surgical vision correction.

As we age, our vision changes. Typically beginning in middle-age, the lens of the eye begins to lose some elasticity causing presbyopia, a form of farsightedness. Presbyopia can be treated with corrective lenses, including multifocal lenses. Multifocal lenses have various degrees of lens power, which helps the patient experience clear vision in any direction – up, down, and to the sides.

If you or a family member needs vision correction and you’re looking for a safe, risk-free treatment, contact Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center to schedule a consultation.

Vision Correction Is Good For Athletes, Travelers & Business Leaders

Athletes

Competitive sports is more than just a game. The ability to see clearly from both near and far distances is critical in sports. Athletes with nearsightedness, farsightedness, or astigmatism can’t play well if they can’t see well. The right vision correction can provide the visual clarity that serious athletes need to play and win!

People Who Travel

Whether you travel for business or pleasure, air travel can lead to dry eyes. This is due to the air pressure and dry environment that’s inside of the airplane cabin. Some people find that administering artificial tears provides the relief they need. If you generally wear contact lenses, swap them for glasses during the flight to avoid painful dry eyes. This is especially important for long, international flights.

People Who Need That Edge In Business

In the digital age, we enjoy constant connectivity to our smartphones, computers, and tablets. For business people with vision problems, who need to remain connected with a high level of visual clarity, getting the right vision correction treatment is not only beneficial for their visual health, but for their jobs.

So if you need to be at the top of your game in business, talk to Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, ODabout your vision needs. We’ll focus on improving your vision, so you can focus on your business.

If you suffer from vision problems, contact Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center. Our caring staff will provide you with the best vision correction treatment that’s right for you.

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Are you Aware of the Costs of Vision Correction? Consider Orthokeratology! Renton, WA

girl glasses 1280x853The costs of eyewear and general eye care services can vary year to year depending on the changes in prescription, medical eye care needs, and even choice of fashion. While some adventurous individuals invest in designer brands of eyewear, others dip their wallet into the various contact lens options spending nearly a thousand dollars yearly.

Although increased costs generally provide unique benefits or a more fashionable appearance, vision correction such as through ortho-k lenses can be just as affordable and easy to maintain. When browsing through the various prices and shopping for bargains, most practices that provide orthokeratology require an orthokeratology consultation to assess the health of your cornea, a variety of specific measurements, and ultimately prescribe the unique contact lens solution for your pair of eyes.

Each pair of ortho-k lenses are unique to your visual requirements, so the cost of the evaluations required make for a higher initial investment. Fortunately, the costs beyond the first fitting are far more affordable and can be with a practice like , we’re able to support your budget and make vision correction a reality.

Achieving 20/20 or perfect vision has never been more available to both children and adults that have a competitive price for purchasing daily contact lenses every year.

Why do costs for orthokeratology differ between practices? Not every eye doctor is as experienced or utilizes the same advanced technology as . Some provide ortho-k lenses using cheaper lenses that are less customizable or durable, requiring replacements sooner.

Want to take the first step in vision correction without surgery for you or your child? Contact our practice, today.

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Learn How Ortho-k Reshapes Your Eyes

Orthokeratology, also known as ortho-k, Vision Shaping Treatment, and Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), is a non-invasive way to correct vision with specialized contact lenses. Ortho-k lenses can provide sharp vision to people with myopia– without wearing any daytime eyewear or having surgery.

If you find eyeglasses and daytime contacts to be a nuisance, and if LASIK is not a suitable solution, orthokeratology can be a dream come true. Our eye doctors are experienced with fitting ortho-k lenses. We serve Seattle and all surrounding neighborhoods.

Basics of Ortho-k for Adults

Before bedtime, you insert customized rigid gas permeable contact lenses. After a few days, not only will you be able to adjust to the new lenses before sleeping, but the ortho-k lenses gently reshape your eyes as you sleep, flattening and molding your cornea. This form of myopia correction is FDA approved for myopia control in children, so it’s safe and effective.

When you wake up in the morning, you remove the lenses to see crisp and clear – without wearing eyeglasses or standard contact lenses! Plus, your eyes retain their healthy shape for years to come! LASIK surgery merely flattens the surface, but your eyes will still change due to prescription changes, so your eyes will lose their healthy shape!

The effects of ortho-k can last into a patient’s 50’s and ’60s, unlike LASIK’s effects which change over time. The effects of ortho-k are guaranteed!

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Candidacy for Ortho-k in Adults

In general, if you have mild to moderate nearsightedness and your eyes are healthy, orthokeratology can be an appropriate and effective option. Age does not matter; ortho-k is regarded safe for children above five years old and beyond 60. The gas permeable lenses are reported by our patients to be comfortable even with patients with dry eye symptoms.

People with a lens power less than -6.00 diopters and astigmatism less than -1.75 diopters usually experience the best results. Call to book an eye exam in our optometry office; we welcome patients from the entire Seattle region.

Side Effects & Safety of Ortho-k

When you first begin with orthokeratology, you may see starbursts and halos around lights, or experience glare – especially when in darkness. However, these possible side effects are usually short-lived. Our Seattle ortho-k patients generally report that within a few days, these side effects clear up. As for comfort, ortho-k lenses are worn while sleeping, and most people never even feel that they are there.

Paragon CRT contact lenses are FDA-approved and safe for eye health. In sum, ortho-k reshapes your eyes to bring your vision into focus overnight – using a safe, comfortable, and painless system.

Advantages of Vision Shaping

  • Sharp vision without eyeglasses or daytime contact lenses
  • Most people are good candidates for ortho-k, even when LASIK isn’t an option
  • Sports players can have clear eyesight and wide peripheral vision, without bothersome eyewear
  • Comfortable for people who spend extended time in dry, dusty environments
  • Myopia control for even adults! – Decreases the need for new prescription lenses each year
  • Safe and reversible
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Orthokeratology and Myopia Control

A number of studies have shown how ortho-k lenses can suppress elongation of the eye. This action can slow or stop the progression of nearsightedness. If you want to stop wearing glasses or contacts and avoid a more powerful prescription after every eye exam, our Seattle eye doctor recommends you consider orthokeratology for myopia correction.

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Soft Multifocal Contacts For Myopia Management In Tukwila, Washington

Myopia, also referred to as nearsightedness or short-sightedness, causes the eye to elongate from early childhood into the late teens. This elongation of the eye causes visual input (what your child sees) to focus in the front of the retina rather than on the retina proper. This is what causes poor distance vision and usually requires a new prescription at least once every year.

Regular glasses or contact lenses adjust for the poor focus, but do nothing to address the elongation of the eye itself and don’t slow the progression.

What many people don’t know is that myopia is dangerous. The more aggressive the progression, the more likely your child is to develop catastrophic vision problems later in life. This includes retinal detachment and macular degeneration—a leading cause of blindness. At the Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center we use multifocal contact lenses as part of our toolkit for myopia management, which will slow or even stop the progression of your child’s myopia.

Specially applied use of soft multifocal contacts for myopia are a popular and effective technique for myopia management, backed by extensive research and prescribed across the globe by optometrists for children as young as 8.

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What Are Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses?

Soft multifocal contact lenses are contact lenses featuring multiple prescriptions in a single lens. The lens will feature a prescription for very close objects, objects at intermediate distances, and objects at a distance.

The soft multifocal contact lenses are made of breathable flexible plastics which allow air to pass through the lens to the cornea for a healthy fit. The soft nature of the contact lenses makes them more comfortable to wear.





How Exactly Do Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses Help With Myopia Management?

These contact lenses are worn during the day like a regular contact lens and they adjust the distance focus in order to correct your child’s vision. But they also do more. In addition to adjusting for myopic distance vision, precise adjustments to your child’s near and intermediate vision are made as well. These finely tuned changes force your child’s eyes to adjust they way they focus in general. What this does is correct the Relative Peripheral Hyperopia (RPH) thereby preventing the eye from continuing the axial elongation responsible for your child’s myopia. The result is that the axial elongation is slowed or stopped, meaning that your child’s prescription will stop its rapid deterioration.

In short, by slightly altering how your child focuses in near and center vision, soft multifocal lenses are used to halt the elongation responsible for the myopia. This not only corrects your child’s vision, it slows or halts the prescription from getting worse. It protects your child’s eyes for a long life of healthy vision.

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Just like adults, contact lenses are safe for kids. Any child responsible enough to practice good contact lens wearing habits can wear these soft multifocal contact lenses. Regardless of the age of your child, myopia is dangerous and needs to be managed.

Our Tukwila myopia management specialist will ascertain if multifocal contact lenses are the right choice for controlling your child’s myopia. In addition, there are daily disposable multifocal contact lenses to help your child adjust to contact lenses that are convenient and low maintenance. Contact lenses provide an added advantage of prevention of eye injuries which are common for younger children.

No. Once myopia sets in, it cannot be reversed. However, the progression of the myopia can and should be effectively managed. Slowing or halting the ongoing elongation of the eye is the key to slowing down how quickly your child’s eyes get worse. myopia management is essential for mitigating the serious long-term risks to your child’s vision.

All Myopia is dangerous to a child’s long-term vision. Children that have medium or high myopia (-6 or worse) are at an even greater risk of eye disease later in life. Because myopia is irreversible, it is crucial to begin managing the myopia at the first signs of nearsightedness to keep the prescription light and the risks as low as possible.  

Yes. Even children with astigmatism worse than -1.00 can successfully use these soft multifocal contacts for myopia management.

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Are Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses The Ideal Solution For Myopia Management?

Every child has a unique pair of eyes. Most children with myopia will benefit from multifocal contacts, but most is not all. The majority of successful myopia management has been through the use of orthokeratology (Ortho-K). Research has demonstrated, however, that multifocal contact lenses slow the progression at a decent pace, particularly in children with a less severe progression. While Ortho-K is often the preferred option for myopia management, the main benefit of using multifocal contact lenses over Ortho-K is affordability.





How Do You Care For Your Soft Contact Lenses For Myopia Management?

Just like any contact lens, your child’s contacts should be cared for properly. This includes doing the following:

  • Clean, rinse, and disinfect the lenses regularly
  • Store overnight in clean lens cases
  • Clean occasionally with the enzymatic cleaner to remove protein

If your child is prescribed daily disposable soft contacts for myopia management, the only care instructions are to make sure to remove the contact lens at night and throw them away.





Are There Risks Associated With Using Soft Multifocal Contact Lenses For Myopia Management?

There are no additional risks beyond those associated with using any contact lens on a daily basis. Proper cleaning and hygiene is important, and the wearer should not go to sleep while wearing these contacts.





How Many Hours A Day Do I Have To Wear The Soft Multifocal Contacts?

Typically, these should be worn during the daytime while your child is awake and active. Our myopia management specialist, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD, will assess and discuss the best wearing regimen for your child. The same best practices for safe and comfortable contact lens wearing apply. Generally, soft multifocal contacts are to be worn for a maximum of 10 to 12 hours a day.

Prolonged use of any contact lens can make your eyes feel uncomfortable or red and increase the risk of infections or chronic dry eyes. However, recent advances in disposable contact lenses using breathable materials have significantly reduced the already minor risks and comfort issues associated with wearing contact lenses.





What Is A Myopia Management Assessment? What Does The Doctor Assess When Fitting For Soft Lenses For Myopia Management?

Our myopia management specialist, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD, will assess the extent of your child’s myopia including baseline distance and near visual acuities including axial length and refractive error. After this assessment, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD will be able to recommend the best myopia management treatment options. During this process, patients and parents are encouraged to ask any and all questions they may have.

Should you choose to proceed with using soft multifocal contact lenses, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD will ascertain the exact prescription adjustments required for the multifocal contact lenses, and carefully fit the contact lenses to ensure that they sit correctly and comfortably. Your child will immediately be able to see normally. Over time, the myopia progression will be slowed or even halted, drastically reducing the long-term risks to your child’s vision and helping to ensure that your child has healthy eyes as he or she ages.


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Is your child nearsighted? Is his or her prescription just getting worse and worse? Call us or Book an Appointment to discuss your myopia management options with Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD in order to protect your child’s long-term vision. The Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center provides effective myopia management for patients in Tukwila and the entire Washington area.

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What Are The Social Benefits of Myopia Control For Children?

Myopia usually develops between ages 8 to 16. The earlier myopia management is started, the more effective it is at keeping myopia relatively mild. This way, your child will not need successively stronger lenses. Unchecked, myopia can progress until there is no other option but to wear very thick glasses, resulting in a high risk for catastrophic vision problems.

Regardless of your child’s current prescription, children often feel more comfortable with their appearance compared to putting on eyeglasses. Additionally, these contact lenses are more convenient for sports or simply just roughhousing and running around with friends.





According To Clinical Studies On Contact Lens Use In Children:

  • 80% of parents agreed that contact lenses made their children feel more confident
  • 30% of parents feel their children are restricted during sports when wearing glasses, while 86% of kids say that they feel better about participating in sports when wearing contact lenses.
  • 92% of parents and 93% of children say they like wearing contact lenses, this is compared to only 58% of children that report that they like wearing glasses
  • Contact lenses prevent eye injuries that occur from sports when wearing eye glasses.
  • Since contacts are fitted directly on the eye they provide better vision during sports and a wider range of viewing than glasses
  • Most contacts used for myopia management come with UV protection which protects your child’s eyes from long term damage
  • Because the progression of myopia is reduced, the rate of changing prescription is also reduced, leaving your child with better day to day vision in the classroom and better school performance

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Patient Experiences / Parents Testimonials

The doctor recommended a contact lens for my 8-year-old son. His vision has significantly improved. His prescription has not gotten any worse and has remained the same now for almost 2 years. My entire family will continue using their eye care services.

I used to have to get my child new glasses every 4 months! We couldn’t keep up and it was affecting her ability to function at school. She has been coming to Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center now for three years and was fitted with multifocal contacts. Her prescription has barely changed and she feels confident and comfortable at school without her glasses.

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How Can Orthokeratology Help With Myopia Management in Tukwila, Washington ?

Is your child stuck wearing glasses or contact lenses? Is the prescription getting worse and worse faster than you can keep up? Orthokeratology, or “Ortho-K,” is an overnight process to correct vision, leaving you glasses and contacts free during the day. Along with the convenience of not having to wear glasses or contacts during the day, Ortho-K is also PROVEN to slow down or even halt the progression of myopia.

"Ortho-K also means that your child is protected from significant risks of serious vision conditions later in life such as macular degeneration and retinal detachment. At the same time, he or she is freed from corrective lenses during the day."


What Is Myopia?

Myopia or “nearsightedness”, begins in childhood or the teenage years and is both extremely prevalent and on the rise worldwide. It is caused when the eye begins to lose it’s spherical shape and becomes elongated as a child grows. This causes light from distant objects to land in the front, rather than the center of the cornea, causing blurred and distorted vision. While glasses or regular contact lenses adjust for this distortion, they don’t address the underlying problem, which will continue to worsen into young-adulthood. Orthokeratology DOES address myopia and keeps it from getting any worse.


What Is Orthokeratology?

Orthokeratology goes by a few names but is mostly referred to as:

  • Ortho-K
  • CRT (Corneal Reshaping Therapy)
  • Gentle Vision Shaping System (GVT or GVST)
  • Vision Shaping Treatment (VST), and
  • Corneal Molding

Regardless of the name used, Ortho-K is an established non-surgical method of vision correction that has been safely used for over 20 years. A custom-fitted and specially designed rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens is worn overnight to gently and painlessly correct the shape of the cornea. This corrects vision during the day AND reduces or even halts the progression of myopia.





More About Ortho-K

At Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center, we provide state-of-the-art Orthokeratology services to gently reshape your child’s cornea and correct their vision, while protecting their eyes for the future. Our experienced Myopia Management specialist, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD, will assess your child's vision and custom-fit the Ortho-K lens for your child to wear overnight.

The Ortho-K contact lenses gradually mold or focus the cornea while you or your child sleeps, leaving your distance vision sharp and accurate upon waking, without the need for daytime glasses or contact lenses. This allows you or your child the accurate vision required to go about daily tasks such as reading, writing, driving, and successful learning throughout the day.

This process is repeated daily. The Ortho-K lenses are safe, reliable, and very effective, with only very minimal risk and they pose no danger to the elastic tissue of the eyes. Orthokeratology also remains an excellent alternative for adults who either don’t want or don’t qualify for LASIK surgery or other surgical vision correction options. At Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center, we have years of experience fitting Ortho-K for young children, teens, and adults for patients throughout Tukwila, Washington , and beyond.





Who Can Benefit From Orthokeratology?

Both children and adults can benefit from the vision correction of Ortho-K. While it is too late to slow the progression of myopia in adulthood (and thereby mitigate the long-term risks of Myopia) there are many people who can benefit from the vision correction it offers. Being free of glasses or contact lenses during the day is beneficial for a lot of different kinds of people and situations. This includes:

  • Adults who don’t qualify for laser surgery
  • People who want to avoid the complications of surgical correction
  • Athletes (both children and adults)
  • Professionals who work in hazardous conditions and require non-prescription protective eyewear (examples are law enforcement, military, construction workers)
  • People with severe eye sensitivities, dry eye, or allergies that are exacerbated by regular contact lenses.

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Ortho-K For Children

Ortho-K is the ideal solution for children that are nearsighted. Because Ortho-K slows down the rate at which your child's eyes get worse, your child's risk of eye disease and their need for a new prescription are also reduced. In addition to the benefits of reducing risk and not needing glasses as often, children will have improved visual performance during school and sports, while removing most of the risks associated with wearing glasses and myopia. 

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Ortho-K As A LASIK Alternative

Many adults want the benefits of LASIK eye surgery, but either they are unwilling to undergo the procedure, are concerned about complications, or have conditions that do not allow them to have LASIK. For many adults, Ortho-K is a great alternative, which leaves them glasses and contact lens free during the day, without the need for surgery. 

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Ortho-K For Athletes & Professionals

Many professional athletes, soldiers, law enforcement, and construction workers choose Ortho-K lenses because they improve eye safety and improve visual acuity while playing sports or during physical labor. For example, law enforcement and military personnel require excellent vision, but are limited by traditional options of glasses and contact lenses that may move during strenuous physical activity, or may contribute to an eye injury.  Ortho-K lenses also provide superior vision than traditional contact lenses or glasses for many patients. 


What Is The Process For Getting An Ortho-K Fitting?

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At our Tukwila, Washington Ortho-K clinic, patients undergo a full Ortho-K assessment before any fitting is made. Our Ortho-K specialist, Myopia Management Expert, Patricia Jitodai, OD, will assess the health of your eye, your exact corrective prescription, and whether or not you are a good candidate.

Once you have been approved and assessed, the Ortho-K process works more or less in three stages:





The Ortho-K Fitting

The Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center uses advanced technology to map out your specific corneal topography in order to get the exact custom shape of the lenses required to best match your eyes.





Diagnostic Shaping Lens Trial

After the initial fitting, patients will be provided with detailed instruction on how to insert, remove, and care for the Ortho-K lenses. After a few brief intervals, Our Myopia Management optometrist will perform check-ups to evaluate changes in refraction and corneal topography. We will also verify that the lenses continue to fit properly and effectively. Minor adjustments will be made where required.





Long-Term Ortho-K Treatment

Once we have established that the initial fitting is successful, you will be required to occasionally have the progress of the Ortho-K assessed with an occasional long-term checkup. Any minor changes or adjustments can be made in order to ensure maximal comfort and success.

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Ortho-K Is An Investment For A Lifetime!

As the saying goes “Education is the Best Legacy.” It is very important that you give your child sound, proper education. Unfortunately, an eye defect like myopia can hinder such a child from reading, writing, and learning. Orthokeratology offers a fast and effective solution to this eye defect.

By improving your child’s vision, you will be increasing his or her chances of learning and succeeding. This is definitely a lifetime investment for you and your child. The Orthokeratology procedure at Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center is your best chance of controlling myopia.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Ortho-K


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How Is My Daytime Vision After Wearing Night-Time Ortho-K Contacts?

Usually, when you use Ortho-K overnight, your daytime vision is better than it would be with glasses or contacts. Ortho-K will correct your refraction. Plus, you will enjoy the added benefits of full peripheral vision, no glare from glasses, and the freedom to look how you want without tinkering with daytime contacts or burdened with glasses.


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How Long Does It TakeTo Achieve Fully-Corrected Daytime Vision With Ortho-K?

The time required depends on factors such as the age of the patient and the prescription, as well as the patient’s specific vision needs. Children tend to see results almost immediately, while it may take two to four weeks for adults.


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Is My Vision Correction With Ortho-K Permanent?

Patients who wear their Orthokeratology lenses overnight will be able to achieve great vision throughout the day, well into the evening. Some may not even need to wear the lenses every night, achieving the results by wearing them every 2-3 nights. Consistent use for children will likely stop the myopia from getting worse. However, if either a child stops wearing the Ortho-K lenses completely, they will have achieved some reduction of risk for eye disease, however, their eyes may continue to progress into their late teens. For adults that stop, their eyes will revert to how they were before they wore Ortho-K night-time contacts.


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Can I See While Wearing My Orthokeratology Lenses?

Yes, the lenses allow you to see just like regular contact lenses. You can feel free to use your Ortho-K lenses to go about your typical evening routine such as watching television or reading in bed before sleep.


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What Is The Success Rate Of Orthokeratology?

Ortho-K has a high success rate. However, factors such as the patient’s original prescription, treatment goals, and corneal topography will still affect the outcome and effectiveness. During your initial consultation, will provide you with detailed information regarding possible outcomes.


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Are Ortho-K Lenses Safe?

Yes, Ortho-K lenses are considered very safe and reliable. Like any contact lenses, there is a relatively low risk of contracting minor infections or abnormal blood vessel growth. Proper use and care of the lenses will minimize these risks. Ensure that you disinfect the lenses as instructed. We recommend occasional checkups after your fitting with our Ortho-K specialist.


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Is It Easy To Put In Or Take Your Ortho-K lenses?

Yes, Ortho-K lenses are very easy to insert or remove and are not substantially different than a regular contact lens in this respect.


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How Often Do I Need To Replace My Retainer Lenses?

Depending on the condition of the Ortho-K lenses, may, on occasion, recommend that you replace the lenses. This becomes necessary if there is a buildup of mold or deposits, or if the lenses have become warped.


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What If I Lose A Lens?

Ortho-K lenses work overnight. Without one or both of your lenses, your vision could be impaired as early as the next day. If you lose a lens, it is advisable to get a replacement lens immediately. It is often recommended that you have backup Ortho-K lenses.


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Do I Need Lengthy Periods Of Sleep For Ortho-K To Work?

Not really. Remember that you can wear the lenses even before you’ve actually gone to sleep and even after you have woken up. Even with as little as four hours of sleep every night, your vision will be improved the following morning.


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What Are The Advantages Of Orthokeratology Over Laser Vision Correction (LVC)?

Ortho-K enjoys some distinct advantages over surgery. Particularly since surgery is not a recommended form of Myopia Management for children, Ortho-K is a great option for kids, since they don’t qualify for the surgery in any event.

Adults considering Ortho-K should keep in mind the following advantages over surgery:

  • Far lower risk of complications such as dry eye, sensitivity, or pain
  • You avoid the hazy or blurry vision that  often occurs after laser surgery
  • It’s painless with no recovery time
  • Unlike Laser Vision Correction, Orthokeratology is completely reversible
  • Ortho-K is more cost effective
  • You can always choose to undergo surgery later.

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Does Ortho-K Hurt?

The procedure is non-surgical, painless, and absolutely safe. Patients only need to put on the Ortho-K lens when they sleep. There may be some initial discomfort while wearing the lenses, although this discomfort usually disappears after a few weeks of wearing the reshaping lenses.


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Is Orthokeratology FDA Approved?

The FDA has approved "breathable" gas permeable contact lenses for overnight wear. These can, therefore, be used safely for Orthokeratology.


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What Cities Do You Serve?

Tukwila | Renton | Kent | Seattle | and the state of Washington


Find Out More Or Book An Ortho-K Consultation Today!

Is your child finding it hard to read, learn, or see faraway objects? Don’t wait until the myopia gets worse. Avoid a new prescription and give your child the gift of healthy eyes for a lifetime. Get in touch with us today at Innovative Eyecare's Myopia Management Center.

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Serving Patients From:

Tukwila | Renton | Kent | Seattle | and the state of Washington