Myopia Control

What is Myopia?


Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition in which distant objects look out of focus and can start from early childhood and increase into adulthood. The causes of myopia are both genetic and environmental. Lifestyle factors such as limited outdoor time, reading, phone use and other near work can cause the eye to lengthen, causing light rays to improperly focus on the retina. Nearsightedness not only diminishes your child's vision but also affects their performance in school, sports and other daily activities.

If you are concerned about your child's increasing prescription, our office provides myopia management programs with multifocal soft contact lenses or rigid ortho-k lenses.

What is Myopia Control?

Myopia control is the term used to describe specific treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness due to the elongation of the eye during growth. It is important because it can significantly reduce the risk of vision-threatening complications associated with high myopia later in life, such as glaucoma and retinal detachment.

Contact us to schedule an appointment and learn more about our myopia control programs.


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Kathleen Andersen, OD
Bringing Your World Into Focus

Rancho Santa Margarita Optometrist (eye doctor), Dr. Kathleen Andersen is dedicated to excellence in optometry such as eyeglasses, izon lenses, contact lenses, general eye examinations, and laser eligibility exams. Dr. Andersen co-manages with the finest surgeons for LASIK and other ocular surgery like cataract surgery. Dr. Andersen is proud to serve Rancho Santa Margarita, Ladera Ranch, Mission Viejo, Coto De Caza, Dove Canyon, Trabuco Canyon and Surrounding communities.

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