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Myopia: an epidemic with serious consequences

In Canada, Myopia affects about 40% of the population.

One of Canada’s leading Myopia treatment centres

Lynn Valley Optometry is one of the leading centres in Canada offering the most diverse methods to slow down prescription changes due to Myopia.

Effective treatment options are available

As a patient of our clinic you will have access to the latest technologies for preventing Myopia. Some of the services we offer to slow down Myopia include VST (Ortho-K), prescribing specialized anti-Myopia spectacle lenses and multifocal contact lenses, as well as behaviour and environment modification.

We are your partners in great optical health

If you’re living with Myopia, ask us how we can help. We are experienced in treating Myopia and have many options available to you.

Important Next Steps

It Starts With an Exam

In order for us to formulate an effective treatment regimen we must first get an accurate assessment of the current state of your eyes. One of our Optometrists will provide you with a clear perspective on the current state of Myopia and what your treatment options are.

We’re Here to Help

In addition to optical treatments, we may also provide insight on other lifestyle choices that can help mitigate Myopia. Your Optometrist will walk you through dietary, environmental, and lifestyle changes that are known to assist with Myopia.

Our Location

North Vancouver

Westcoast designer Susan Taubensee created the new Lynn Valley practice to provide you with a relaxing and unique experience in eye care and eyewear. Our Optometry Clinic is located in the Lynn Valley Village where you can browse between over 1000 frames and 150 sunglasses to personalize your prescription.

Phone: (604) 987-9191
Fax: (604) 987-9109
E-mail: Email Us

Lynn Valley Optometry
255 - 1233 Lynn Valley Road
North Vancouver, BC, V7J 0A1

Hours

Monday: 9am - 6pm
Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: 9am - 6pm
Thursday: 9am - 6pm
Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday: 9am – 5pm
Sunday: Closed

Vision Therapy Reviews

  • Vision Therapy has helped me become an all-around solid reader. When reading books, I now fully understand what is happening and I don’t have to read one part in a book over and over to understand. I can also read fast while still understanding. My eyes are also being much more efficient, which is making me less tired when I read.

    Max, Age 12

  • Before Vision Therapy, I was seeing double vision and I couldn’t see the board. Now I can see the board and I can only see double vision when I cross my eyes!

    Alida, Age 8

  • I have improved in spelling because I get better grades. Before I was getting C’s and B’s in spelling, and now I’m getting A’s. I have improved in Math because before I didn’t know my times tables that good. I didn’t know 7 x 9, and now I know it’s 63, and I get better grades. Now I can draw better and more detailed pictures. I don’t have very much headaches and stomach aches any more, and my eyes don’t hurt when I read, and they don’t get tired anymore, so I read a lot more.

    Micheal, Age 11

  • When Michael first visited the optometrist he was experiencing frequent headaches and tummy aches, as well as sore, tired eyes. His grades were slipping at school and he disliked reading. He was beginning to consider himself as “dumb”. The combination of eye glasses and vision therapy has made a world of difference to Michael...

    From Michael’s Mother - Read More

  • Jason was in grade 2 when he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. He had coordination issues and had a hard time with motor skills. We had him thoroughly tested by various specialists. His ears and eyes checked out fine. He was placed on drugs at 8 years old...

    Jason, Age 15 (from his mother) - Read More

  • Vision Therapy has made a huge difference to what I see. Even though I’m halfway through, the changes have been nothing but extraordinary. My peripheral vision and depth-perception has improved, making driving and parking, especially in tight spaces, a whole lot easier. Before, I would panic and give up. Now I have much more awareness and I no longer have to worry about hitting things. Considering I had my eyes cosmetically operated on three times, it’s an overall amazing change.

    Alex, Age 21

Myopia Treatment Options: Can you prevent my prescription from getting worse?

Lynn Valley Optometry is one of the leading centers in Canada offering the most diverse methods to slow down prescription changes due to Myopia. Myopia is the medical term for nearsightedness, or difficulty in seeing distant objects.

Why do traditional eyewear and contact lenses make things worse?

One reasoning for increasing Myopia with traditional lenses is that they under correct the Myopia in the peripheral retina. Figure 3 below shows when myopic eyes are corrected with traditional spectacle or contact lenses, the retinal image is in focus at the central retina (green line). However images are projected behind the retina peripherally (yellow and blue lines), which is a strong signal for increasing Myopia by axial elongation of the eye. The goal would then be to provide treatment modalities that would project images on or in front of the peripheral retina which has an effect of sending a stop signal to the eye to manage eye elongation (see Figure 4). The eye simply stops growing, thanks to the Peripheral Management technology.


Fig. 1 A normal eye where the image is projected on the retina, both centrally and peripherally

Fig. 2 A myopic eye where the image is projected in front of the retina (due to eye elongation)

Fig. 3 A corrected myopic eye with a flat-form lens. The image is projected on the retina centrally, BUT behind the retina peripherally

Fig. 4 A corrected myopic eye using Peripheral Management Technology. The image is projected on the retina centrally, BUT in front of (or on) the retina peripherally
Bausch + Lomb Vision Shaping Treatment

This break-through process is designed to correct your vision while you sleep with customized shaping lenses, allowing you to have clear vision while you’re awake. These lenses are worn only overnight. Remove in the morning and enjoy clear sight all day. VST is a safe and successful alternative to conventional contact lenses, eyeglasses, and laser surgery.

VST

Also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy (CRT), Accelerated Orthokeratology (AOK), Gentle Vision Shaping Treatment (GVST), Ortho-K and corneal molding) uses specially designed vision retainers to gently and gradually reshape the front surface of the eye (the cornea) to eliminate or reduce Myopia or astigmatism. By flattening the cornea the retainers reduce the focusing power of the eye and therefore it is possible to bring the eye into correct focus and compensate for the Myopia. The principle is similar to the use of a dental retainer used by an orthodontist to realign crooked teeth. The vision retainers are similar to contact lenses and are only worn at night while sleeping. They are then removed upon awakening to provide clear vision without using glasses or contact lenses! After the retainers are removed, the cornea retains its flattened shape for the remainder of the day. A retainer lens must be used every day or every other day to maintain the corneal flattening, or the Myopia will revert to the pre-treatment level. The retainers are comfortable and very easy to care for.

Anti-Myopia Spectacle Lenses

We use two types of eyewear technology for patients interested in preventative options. One modality is a dual focus lens where objects in the distance are viewed in the upper portions of the lenses and objects nearby through the lower portions. These lenses seem to work well for people with esophoria (over convergence when reading) and a lag of accommodation (trouble focusing at near) and not only help slow down their prescription but also reduce eye strain and visual stress.

Another is MyoVision lenses by Zeiss utilizing Peripheral Management technology which has shown to reduce the progression of Myopia in East and Southeast Asian children between the ages of 6 and 12 years old by 30%. MyoVision lenses create a ring of increased plus power around the central area of clear distance power. This ring of power creates what is called a peripheral Myopia which has been shown to slow myopic progression.

Peripheral Myopia has been shown to function as a stop signal for further growth. When eyes grow longer, they become more myopic so stopping growth is desired. The signals for this growth are in the peripheral retina.

For the lenses to work, it is necessary to use the central portion of the lens for viewing. Children are generally very adaptable.

Autorefractors

An autorefractor test is similar to a refraction test, where the optometrist determines the lens power required to accurately focus light on your retina. This test is essential when verifying a child’s eyeglass prescription. Modern day autorefractors are very useful as they save time and are very accurate.

Contact Lenses

Specialized multifocal contact lenses have also shown to help slow down Myopia but not generally as effectively as VST. In Hong Kong there is currently a specially designed one day multifocal contact lens for Myopia prevention. This lens is not yet available in Canada, however we have other similar designs in soft and GP lenses that can help. The most effective contact lenses have a center-distance design (distance prescription in the center of the lens and reading prescription in the surrounding periphery).

For convenience, safety and efficacy we are recommending Coopervision’s new one day disposable multifocal contact lens for those interested in preventing their prescription from getting worse.

Environment

Near visual stress has shown to be an important risk factor for Myopia however there is great variability depending on other factors. At the present time we can’t say that reading, by itself, causes Myopia. But there are some studies indicating that inaccurate focusing while reading (lag of accommodation) is a risk factor for Myopia development. Reducing visual stress allows for more efficient and effective work and may help slow down Myopia and astigmatism progression.

The ergonomically correct, visual stress relieving work place should have the following components:

  • CHAIR: The chair must provide proper back support and allow the patient to sit in balanced posture. It should be adjustable both in seat height and back alignment.
  • WORKING SURFACE: A sloping work surface that is tilted between 20 and 25 degrees from the horizontal reduces tension and stress on the head, shoulders, neck, and eyes.
  • POSTURE: The patient should be seated comfortably, relatively erect, feet flat on the floor or resting on a support. The position of the chest and ribcage must allow for full, deep breathing.
  • WORKING DISTANCE: All near-point activity should be done at HARMON DISTANCE or slightly further. (This is the distance from the center of the middle knuckle to the elbow, measured along the outside of the arm.)
  • LIGHTING: Adequate general illumination as well as good central illumination should be provided. The illumination on the task performed at near-point should be about 3 times that of the surrounding background. No glare or shadows should interfere.  
  • NEAR POINT LENSES: For many patients a specific low-power spectacle lens may be prescribed. These lenses are not intended to improve visual acuity, but rather to put the eyes into better balance for near tasks. These lenses enhance and integrate the relationship between posture, working distance, and the sloping work surface
  • BREAKS: When studying, place a bookmark 2 pages ahead. STOP, look up and focus on a distance target, then put the bookmark 2 pages ahead. Get up and move around for at least one minute for every 15 minutes of close work.
  • TV VIEWING: Limit total TV time to no more than 2 hours per day PREFERABLY LESS! Do not sit any closer than 6 to 7 feet from the screen. Maintain good balanced posture, breathe fully, and look away from the TV screen during commercials. Video games/computer time should be limited.
  • SPORTS: Encourage outdoor play or sports activities that require large muscle movement and seeing beyond arms.

Can Changing Our Diet Help?

Studies have shown higher rates of Myopia in societies with a diet of highly refined sugars and cereals, high saturated fat, low protein consumption, and high carbohydrate intake causing increased insulin levels. Possible nutrients that help with blood sugar regulation may help slow down Myopia include chromium, potassium, Omega 3 fatty acids, amino acid complex, Vitamin C, bilberry, glutathione and alpha lipoic acid.