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Do You or your Child Have Frequent Prescription Changes?
Does you or your child need stronger glasses every year? If so, we now have ways to stop or reduce progression. Stronger prescriptions are not only more costly but they signify a disease process that puts the eye at greater risk for the sight threatening conditions.
Dr. Marran is leading expert in understanding risk factors and treatment of myopia. Here are the clinically proven methods she uses to control or stop myopia development.
Provide both clear vision and protection against myopia progression. Dr. Marran O.D. Ph.D. wrote the FDA protocol for Misight Contact Lenses by Cooper Vision. While not currently available in the U.S., Dr Marran O.D. Ph.D. uses a similar design that has been proven to be highly effective in preventing myopia progression in her patients. A daily disposable lens, it is both convenient and safe for all ages. It is also a less expensive alternative to Corneal Reshaping technology (CRT) or Overnight Gas Permeable Lenses (Ortho K) and has a better safety profile.
In her clinical research, Dr. Marran O.D. Ph.D. was able to show that extended near visual tasks can make it difficult to the eyes to be able to relax for distance vision in susceptible individuals. These individuals show certain clinical signs when tested in the exam room. In her workup for patients with progressive myopia, Dr Marran O.D. Ph.D. determines what is contributing to that progression and designs a therapeutic program to address these deficiencies.
Patients with certain clinical signs can reduce their myopia progression from a correction that gives clear distant vision as well as some help at near. Dr. Marran uses a specially designed lens which gives a wide field of view, no peripheral distortion and requires little to no adaptation to the PAL.
An off label but highly effective intervention is the use of 0.01% Atropine. Occasionally patients will experience mild side effects of dry eye, light sensitivity or near blur but these can mediated by specialized glasses the darken outdoors (Transitions) and the use of specialized glasses (See PAL Lenses above).
"Nearsightedness or myopia is a symptom before it is a condition. We make it into a condition by treating the symptom and not the cause. By treating the symptom with glasses, we lock the person into nearsightedness for a lifetime. In fact, while glasses provide clear vision and are often necessary, they actually contribute to the eyes becoming more nearsighted (myopia progression).
Dr. Marran O.D. Ph.D. hopes that these intervention programs will become the Standard of Care for patients with Myopia. Until then, she is passionate about converting other Eye Care Providers to make this a part of their routine treatment through Continuing Education lectures at the Academy of Optometry and other optometric meetings.
Evidence of Myopia Control and Dr. Marran O.D. Ph.D. 's Research on Causes of Nearsigtedness
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“I have seen so much growth in Kayla. She appears much less frustrated and seems more able to cope with frustrating situations. Last year she could not connect the dots to make a triangle to now being able to draw and microscope and it's parts from the board. She enjoys reading now and is doing adult connect the dot books. We used to spend hours on homework which was often not done correctly--to going to school all day and then math tutoring for an hour with no problems. She still struggles with reading and spelling, but on her last report card got all A's and 1B. She feels that the vision therapy has helped her be more successful in life (softball, school, etc). My personnel feeling is that Kayla's vision problems created a feeling of chaos or loss of control---she struggled with trying to control her life in a chaotic situation. Now she can make sense of the world visually, she is less angry, less stressed and feels more successful in life. Thank you for everything!”