Dr. Meghan Lambert tells her story on having myopia:
In third grade, I noticed I couldn’t see the board in school very well unless I was in the front of the classroom. When I went to my optometrist, he broke the news that I needed my first pair of glasses. I only had to wear them to see far away, so I only wore them in school. No big deal.
When my vision worsened the next year, I needed to wear glasses all the time. I already had braces and was not excited to have to wear glasses full time. Each year when I went back to see my optometrist, my vision got worse. I felt helpless and so frustrated that it kept worsening. By junior high, I felt like I couldn’t see anything without my glasses. I started wearing contacts which were great for sports and my self-confidence. Contacts worked well most of the time. But they would rip, I’d lose one or my eyes would get irritated since I wanted to wear them constantly. When I was old enough, I considered LASIK surgery but wasn’t a candidate.
My vision didn’t stabilize until I was in my early 30’s. By this point, I was practicing optometry myself. Due to my high prescription, I am at a much higher risk of having a retinal detachment and developing other eye diseases. I treat many patients with eyes like mine for these conditions, and it’s scary seeing what they go through knowing my own risks.
I want to do everything in my power to help patients not end up with vision as poor as mine and decrease their risk of eye disease. Until recently, I had no tools to help slow the progression of nearsightedness. New research shows there are ways to slow down progression in nearsighted kids, which is very exciting. They’ll not only see better, but also hopefully have a lower risk of eye disease. I am hoping by employing these methods, I can prevent kids from having eyes like mine once they’re adults. Having had this experience in my life will hopefully help me to give the best care possible making myopia control treatment a valuable addition to how I practice optometry.
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive error that causes far away objects to appear blurry while nearby objects remain clear. Myopia affects nearly 40 percent of the United States population. For years, myopia symptoms could be treated but not controlled. Myopia control studies now offer promising results on slowing the progression of nearsightedness with impressive new treatments. BayState Eye Center’s Dr. Lambert is excited to offer myopia control treatments with orthokeratology hard contact lenses and soft bifocal contact lenses. BayState Eye Center is accepting all regional patients for this opportunity.
Anyone with myopia will agree that they wish there had been a way to slow down the progression of myopia when they were younger. These treatments offer a revolutionary way to slow the progression of myopia in children. Following an evaluation, Dr. Lambert will determine which lenses are the best option for each patient. Although these treatments are not covered by insurance, setting a child up for a lifetime of better vision is priceless.
If you would like more information on our myopia control treatments, please contact us at 508-339-7600.