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Myopia Control & Digital Eye Strain: A Case Study

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In today's digital age, we spend more time on electronic devices than ever before. However, this increased usage can lead to digital eye strain, a condition that affects individuals of all ages. In addition, for those already diagnosed with myopia (nearsightedness), the strain on the eyes is even greater. This was the case with our patient, a teenage boy from Portland, OR, who was referred to Dr. Tina Tsai in 2022.

Upon consultation, the patient had been experiencing red, gritty eyes. However, he had ignored the symptoms, as he was an avid online gamer and spent hours in front of screens each day. Upon examination, Dr. Tsai diagnosed the patient with dry eye and very nearsightedness, noting that the patient's glands were clogged. Dr. Tsai proposed a treatment plan consisting of myopia control and orthokeratology (Orthok), alongside aggressive dry eye treatment.

Orthok is a type of contact lens that is worn overnight, reshaping the cornea to temporarily correct myopia. Myopia control is a treatment that aims to slow down the progression of nearsightedness. Dr. Tsai recommended the patient use Orthok to avoid the need for glasses, while also slowing down the progression of his myopia. She also recommended aggressive dry eye treatment, including homeopathic warm compresses, eye drops, and regular breaks.

Following treatment, the patient's dry eye symptoms improved, with less redness and grittiness. Additionally, he was able to discontinue his glasses, thanks to the Orthok treatment. The patient has also been informed of the importance of regular eye checkups and proper maintenance of his glands to ensure they remain healthy.

In conclusion, myopia control and orthokeratology, alongside proper dry eye treatment, can be effective in managing the symptoms of digital eye strain and nearsightedness. It is essential for individuals spending long hours in front of screens to take regular breaks and prioritize eye health. If you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms related to digital eye strain or myopia, we recommend consulting with a qualified eye care professional.