Myopia in Children: Bifocals or Natural Strategies

A study published in Archives of Ophthalmology claims that bifocals may slow the deterioration of vision in children with myopia.

Researchers fitted 135 myopic Chinese Canadian children with standard single vision glasses, traditional executive bifocals, and bifocals with prism lenses. (Prism lenses help to make the two eyes work together and help the eyes focus.) The children wearing prism bifocals experienced the least vision deterioration followed by those wearing the regular bifocals. The outcomes for the bifocal wearers were significantly better than for those wearing standard glasses.

We believe that a diagnosis of myopia does not mean a lifetime of stronger and stronger glasses. Nearsightedness can be improved in a majority of cases through vision therapy, nutrition, and lifestyle changes.