The CDC now recognizes progressive myopia (near-sightedness) as an epidemic. There is research to suggest the rapid increase in near-sightedness in the world is related to children spending more time doing near activities (reading, studying, playing computer work) and less time playing outdoors. In addition to increasing outdoor play time, there are medical treatments available to slow down the development of myopia. One such treatment is called ortho-keratology (ortho-k). Ortho-k is a non-surgical procedure that eliminates the need for daytime glasses or contact lenses. It improves vision by gently reshaping the cornea while you sleep. Best of all, this technology has been shown to decrease the rate of myopia development in children. Call the office to learn more about ortho-keratology and other methods of controlling near-sightedness.