Henderson Vision Centre

Myopia Control in Winnipeg

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Myopia, or nearsightedness, is one of the most common refractive disorders in the eye. It has also become increasingly common in recent years.

People with myopia can focus on objects that are nearby without difficulty, and typically have no trouble using tools such as computers or tablets. However, faraway objects will appear to be out of focus, which can make it difficult to read billboards or traffic signs.

Individuals with myopia may experience a gradual onset during childhood, then see their symptoms increase rapidly after the age of 20.

Myopia is primarily caused by genetic traits that create refractive errors. For example, a person whose cornea has too much curvature will be unable to focus light directly on their retina, which results in blurry vision.

Today, myopia is currently found most often in people between the ages of 12 and 54. Some people suspect that myopia may be related to heavy technology use. Research suggests that focusing on screens or other nearby objects for long periods might gradually change the shape of the eye and remove its ability to focus on distant objects.

Myopia can be difficult to detect in children, who may not always recognize its symptoms. These symptoms normally become more obvious when children enter grade school and start reading. Common early signs include:

  • Difficulty reading from a distance
  • Inability to focus on anything far away
  • Headaches and eye strain
  • Squinting
  • Eye fatigue when reading or using a handheld device

Optometrists typically diagnose myopia with routine eye exams and prescribe eyeglasses or contacts to correct it. Myopia can stabilize after childhood, but over time your eyes will change. We recommend having regular exams to make sure your lenses remain effective in the long-term.

Uncorrected vision can exacerbate myopia symptoms. Because myopia causes the eye to elongate over time, your vision needs to be corrected properly to slow its progression. MiSight contact lenses are a simple and effective solution for this issue.

MiSight lenses correct errors to your distance vision by focusing light on your retina and uses a set of peripheral rings to focus some light in front of your retina, reducing how quickly the eye elongates over time. Because myopia is a common issue in children, these contact lenses are fantastic solutions for your child, helping them control their symptoms and maintain their vision into the future.

MiyoSmart lenses are another lens technology that can help reduce the rate the eye elongates over time. Like MiSight contact lenses, these special eyeglass lenses help focus light on your retina, with peripheral defocus rings that focus peripheral light in front of your retina. These lenses can help your eyes maintain its shape while delivering clear vision as well.

LASIK surgery can also provide a permanent solution to myopia for those who qualify. This procedure uses a laser to carefully correct the shape of the lens in your eye. LASIK is generally considered a comfortable and hassle-free procedure for people who no longer want to wear corrective lenses or contacts.

Where Can You Find Us?

You can find us in the River East Plaza, between Safeway and Booster Juice, and across from Tim Hortons. We have plenty of parking available on-site.

Our Address

Unit 1B – 1439 Henderson Hwy
Winnipeg, MB R2G 1N3

Contact Information

Phone: (204) 809-4322
Fax: (204) 339-1272
[email protected]

Hours of Operation

Monday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM5:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM7 PM
Friday
9 AM4 PM
Saturday
9 AM3 PM
Sunday
Closed

*Please note we are CLOSED on Saturdays of long weekends and for the months of July and August.

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