The goal of our myopia control clinic is to help children have healthier eyes for a lifetime. We accomplish this by keeping nearsighted (myopic) children from becoming more nearsighted over time. We know that a less nearsighted eye is a healthier eye. Higher amounts of myopia lead to an increased risk of glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment, and myopic degeneration. Research shows that children who are nearsighted typically worsen over time. The rate of myopia in the United States rose from 25% in 1971 to 41% in 2004, and it continues to grow. By the year 2050 it is expected that half of the world’s population will be nearsighted! The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now view progressive myopia as an epidemic.
Fortunately, you do not have to just watch your child continue to become more nearsighted. We now have the technology to slow this progression and in some cases stop it altogether. Myopia control techniques such as Overnight Sight (ONS) have been shown to slow the progression of myopia, resulting in lower prescriptions and healthier eyes.
Dr. Dwight Barnes is extremely dedicated to fighting the myopia epidemic and is recognized as an expert in the field of Myopia Control. He has been awarded fellowship in the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control, which is the highest level of certification for specialists in Myopia Control. He is currently the only fellow of this academy in the Triangle and one of only 124 in the world. Being very nearsighted himself, Dr. Barnes has a passion for helping children who are nearsighted. We invite you to call our office for an appointment (919-465-7400) with our Myopia Control Clinic to see if we can help preserve your child’s sight.