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Keeping Vancouver’s Myopia Under Control One Eye at a Time

At Shaughnessy Optometry, we’re firm believers in proactive eye care. Through cutting edge technology, thorough eye health monitoring, and advanced treatments, we’ll do everything we can to not only address any current eye issues, but to prevent issues from progressing or causing more problems down the road. Myopia control is just one of the ways we do this.

Book an eye exam to experience our proactive approach to eye care for yourself.

Understanding Myopia

Myopia (also known as nearsightedness) is a particularly common refractive error which causes patients to have difficulty clearly seeing distant objects. Like most refractive errors, it’s caused by the shape of the eyeball.

In a correctly functioning eye, light travels through the cornea, which bends it at the appropriate angle to come to a focal point on the retina. In a myopic eye, the eyeball is too long in proportion to the curvature of the cornea. This results in the light coming to a focal point just in front of the retina, rather than directly on it.

Some cases of myopia progress, getting worse and worse over time. This is called malignant myopia.

Myopia in kids can be particularly troubling because as the child grows, so does their eye. This can make their refractive error worse as they grow up.

Your kids may not realise they’re struggling with their vision. That’s why it’s crucial that you bring your kids in for an eye exam every year. The sooner we can diagnose myopia, the sooner we can keep slow down the progression.

Myopia Control

Myopia control consists of using specific methods of vision correction to slow the progression of your child’s nearsightedness. By relieving eye strain and fatigue, and inducing structural changes to the eye, we can delay the development of more advanced myopia.

Although myopia control isn’t a cure, it key to ensuring your child has the best possible vision as an adult.

Methods of Myopia Control

There are a number of ways to help control myopia. We use these methods and others; sometimes alone, sometimes in conjunction. Book an appointment with us today and ask what methods of myopia control might help your child.

Multifocal Contact Lenses

Multifocal contacts offer a variety of magnification strengths in different areas of the lens. Rather than just correcting distance vision and hindering close up vision, multifocal contacts offer correction for distance vision, and clear vision for close-up work. This saves the eye from strain, which can help delay the progression of myopia.

Visit Our Shaughnessy Location

We’re located on Oak Street, just across the street from Emily Carr Public School and beside the Easter Seal house. Stop in, take a look around our office, and say hello; we’d love to meet you. Our patients have access to free street-level parking in our parking lot adjacent to the Royal Bank.


3955 Oak St
Vancouver BC, V6H 2M7

Contact Information

Phone: (604) 677-4100


Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

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