What is myopia control?

Myopia control is a term that encompasses different treatments that aim to slow down the progression of myopia in children. Currently there are four ways to implement myopia control: specialized spectacle lenses, soft contact lenses, orthokeratology (hard) contact lenses, and low concentration atropine eye drops. All these mechanisms have shown, on average across the population of children studied, a 50 to 60% reduction of myopic progression. For example, if the average progression without treatment is -1.00D per year, we can expect the progression to be closer to -0.50D per year with myopia control. Remember that this is an average, and that some individual children will respond better to treatment than others.