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Santa Barbara Myopia Control & Ortho-K Center

Finally, a superior solution to stronger eyeglasses for your child.

If your child is nearsighted (myopic) there’s finally something you can do besides getting thicker glasses every year.

Dr. David Zucker is a member of the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control, he treats kids with myopia in a new and improved way. He focuses on prevention and protection of your child’s vision.

When you and your child visit Urban Optics, Dr. David Zucker will perform a comprehensive evaluation and recommend a personalized treatment plan for your child.

This treatment plan is specifically targeted to slow or halt your child’s myopia from getting worse.

We are located in Downtown Santa Barbara in the La Arcada Plaza, make an appointment by clicking here

If you would like to talk with our myopia counselor or optometrist for more information, please contact us here.

What you should know if your child has myopia:

In the video below, Dr. Noel Brennan explains that with myopia increasing significantly in children, there will be an explosion of myopia-related eye disease (Glaucoma, Macular Degeneration, Cataracts and Retinal Detachment).  He goes on to say there is no safe amount of myopia.

Glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal detachment are associated with myopia and can all cause permanent vision loss and/or blindness.

If you or your child is myopic already, here is your risk of serious eye disease based on their glasses prescription:

Normal Eyes = 1x Early Cataracts Glaucoma Retinal Detachment
-1.00 to -3.00 2x 4x 4x
-3.00 to -6.00 3x 4x 10x
Greater than -6.00 5x 4x 16x

 

Click here to read why it’s important to get your kids outside to play. [PDF]

Myopia can be controlled and corrected with Orthokeratology (Ortho-k). Ortho-k is a technology that gently reshapes the cornea with custom fit, high oxygen permeable contact lenses worn only during sleep. Ortho-K has been shown in studies to control the worsening of myopia by 32-100% (with the average being around 43% control).

Dr. David Zucker uses a method of Ortho-K that has been successfully used for over 1 million patients around the world.

Schedule your evaluation by clicking here.


Myopia Research

Myopia Epidemic

Nature, the International Weekly Journal of Science discusses the boom in myopia

The Nearsightedness Epidemic is real

Editorial on Myopia Treatment

Study about the rate of growth of myopia in children

EyeWireToday article about adult myopia epidemic

What You Can do

Myopia Prevention – From Evidence to Practice

Science Alert: Night-time Contact Lenses and Myopia Control

The Future of Myopia Control

Degenerative Myopia

Myopia Control with Orthokeratology

Managing Myopia – video from the Global Contact Lens Forum

Studies

Epidemiology (cause) of Myopia

Under-correction can enhance myopia’s progression

Effect of overnight orthokeratology on conjunctival goblet cells.

Study Ranks Methods to slow myopia.

ATOM2 Study, presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Undercorrection of myopia enhances rather than inhibits myopia progression

More Studies and Journal Articles

Overview of myopia

Wall Street Journal article on nearsightedness in children (April 2015)

Washington Post article on the global myopia epidemic (September 2015)

Overview of myopia as published in The Lancet

Orthokeratology improves dry eye symptoms

Study of specialty contact lenses for myopia treatment

Novel oral medication (7MX) study, not yet available in the US

Overview of various myopia treatment methods

Overview of various myopia treatment methods, as published in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Overview of various myopia treatment methods, as published in the Journal of the American Optometric Association (page 23)

Overview of various myopia treatment methods, as published in the Journal of the American Academy of Opthalmology

Soft multifocal contact lens use in treating myopia, as published in the Journal of the American Academy of Opthalmology

Soft multifocal contact lens use in treating myopia, as published in Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science

Orthokeratology to slow myopia progress, as published in the British Journal of Opthalmology

Effect of outdoor activity on myopia, as published in BMC Opthalmology

Effect of outdoor activity on myopia, as published by the American Medical Association

Atropine use in Asian Children

Study on long term effect of orthokeratology in children, as published in Investigative Opthalmology and Visual Science

Overview of orthokeratology as published in the American Journal of Opthalmology

Three year study on orthokeratology

Study on the safety of orthokeratolgy, as published in Eye and Contact Lens

Study on orthokeratology in Chinese children, as published in BMC Opthalmology