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Scientific Research on Myopia Management

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Exploring the Science Behind Nearsightedness

Myopia, often known as nearsightedness, is a common vision disorder affecting millions worldwide. While genetics play a significant role, environmental factors contribute to its progression, with high myopia posing serious risks to eye health.

Researchers and clinicians worldwide are committed to finding solutions to tackle the rising myopia epidemic. Scientific research and clinical trials deepen our understanding of this condition and allow for effective management strategies.

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Understanding Myopia Progression

Myopia typically results from axial lengthening in the eye. To address this, researchers have focused on several promising areas:

  • Spectacle Correction

    Glasses have long been studied to inhibit myopia progression. However, while some designs have shown promise, not all have been clinically effective. Recent advancements like the Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) spectacle lens, designed to induce myopic defocus, have yielded encouraging results. Reducing axial length by 0.30 mm over two years offers a potential solution for myopia control, particularly for children.

  • Outdoor Sunlight

    Increasing outdoor time during school has shown a modest but tangible effect on reducing myopia progression. Studies suggest that 40 extra minutes of outdoor exposure daily can make a significant difference. However, the implementation has been challenging, and more research is needed to evaluate the long-term impact across diverse populations.

  • Low-dose Atropine

    Low-dose atropine treatment has gained popularity, particularly after studies like the Atropine for the Treatment of Myopia (ATOM) series. While the 0.01% concentration has shown effectiveness, the Low-Concentration Atropine for Myopia Progression (LAMP) study suggests that higher concentrations may offer more profound results. Atropine is easy to implement, especially for young children, with minimal side effects. However, long-term data regarding potential ocular toxicity is still pending.


Myopia Management in Tucson

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  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 6:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Controlling Myopia with Contact Lenses

In recent years, contact lenses have emerged as a promising avenue for myopia control:

  • Orthokeratology

    Orthokeratology (ortho-k) lenses, worn overnight to reshape the cornea temporarily, have shown promise in reducing axial elongation by 55% after 24 months. However, these lenses have limitations and may not correct higher levels of myopia.

  • MiSight Contact Lenses

    The FDA-approved daily wear MiSight lens is a breakthrough in myopia control. Its dual-focus design creates myopic defocus and has demonstrated a reduction in myopia progression and axial length. This daily disposable lens offers an alternative to ortho-k, providing clear vision during the day without lenses. The ongoing MiSight clinical trial aims to provide more insights into its long-term efficacy and safety.


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- Feb. 21, 2024
All of the people at Alvernon Optical are very attentive and very polite and helpful.
- Feb. 13, 2024
Always a great experience with Alvernon Optical. Staff and docs are always so caring and professiona... l. Great selection of contacts and glasses, plus super fast service!
- Feb. 09, 2024
Great staff, high level of excellence demonstrated!
- Feb. 02, 2024
The frame options are nice and comfy.
- Dec. 26, 2023
Extremely kind and courteous. They were also very efficient, I was in and out of there within about ... 40 minutes for an eye exam and to choose some new frames!! Really patient and informative and made sure to explain all my options and what my insurance covered. Couldn't recommend them enough.
- Dec. 13, 2023
Excellent staff and Dr's. Very friendly & professional. Don't change anything, keep doing what you'r... e doing
- Nov. 07, 2023
Dr. Paul Cinalli is experienced, knowledgeable and friendly. I had an easy and nonstressful experien... ce. He also gives a tremendous amount of feedback concerning your eyes.
- Oct. 31, 2023
They work with a lot of insurances. They are kind and patient and do a great job of explaining compl... icated material.
- Oct. 10, 2023
My new prescription matches my eyesight perfectly (thank you, Dr Cinalli!) and I love my new glasses... (thank you, Myranda, for helping me choose frames). I highly recommend Alvernon Optical!
- Sep. 16, 2023
I'll be going there for the rest of my life, they very good...
- Sep. 13, 2023
Wow...Fantastic experience all the way around today. The person whom greeted me and conducted the i... nitial tests, Dr. Laura S. was great and the person whom helped me with my glasses (forgot her name... 🙁 ). I'll keep coming back!!
- Sep. 04, 2023
Amazing place! Very friendly staff.
- Aug. 12, 2023
Great staff and overall good experience.
- Jul. 21, 2023
Great customer service year after year!
- Jul. 16, 2023
All the staff are great , I had one small issue and they went above and beyond to help me correct it... 🙂, I would recommend Alvernon Optical to all that is looking for somewhere to go for eye care
- May. 17, 2023
Easy and convenient to schedule exam, Dr & Staff are easy to communicate with and they demonstrate p... rofessionalism and knowledge.
- May. 01, 2023
I have been going yo Dr Cinalli for years. He is an amazing eye doctor who is super respectful & pro... fessional. His office always run on time and I appreciate them.
- Apr. 15, 2023
I have been going here for years and consistently have great and friendly service from the staff and... Dr. Cinalli! I highly recommend!!
- Apr. 02, 2023
My new glasses were a perfect fit and the service was excellent.
- Apr. 01, 2023
Outstanding experience at alvernon optical.

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Alvernon Optical - Alvernon & 5th: Pioneering Myopia Management

There have been various scientific breakthroughs in myopia management. However, the choice of treatment depends on the child's age, preferences, and eye condition.

At Alvernon Optical - Alvernon & 5th, we are committed to keeping up with the latest advances in myopia management research and providing you with the best possible care. Our top priority is your child's eye health. Visit us today and explore the latest advancements in myopia care for healthy eyes and clear vision.

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