Myopia Management

What Is Myopia — and How Does it Affect Long-Term Health and Quality of Life?


Myopia, commonly known as nearsightedness, is a condition where objects appear clear up close, but are blurry or fuzzy at a distance. Myopia is already a common condition, but the rate of people developing myopia is increasing, and the condition can have a negative impact on both quality of life and long-term eye health. Myopia changes eyes permanently by elongating the eye, which in turn creates refractive errors. While glasses can correct vision issues caused by myopia, they won’t address the underlying issue or stop myopia’s progression.
Patients with myopia are also at an increased risk for health issues later in life, with myopic children being especially at risk — but there are ways to prevent the progression of myopia using a range of non-invasive, non-surgical myopia management methods. We’ve designed our MOA Myopia Management Center of Excellence around the needs of patients of all ages, with personalized treatment plans to slow or halt myopia’s progression!

Get the Facts About Myopia


The rate of myopia is reaching epidemic proportions:

  • It’s estimated that nearly half of the world’s population will have some degree of myopia by the year 2050

Children with myopia are at an increased risk of eye diseases:
They’re 50% more likely to develop glaucoma

  • They’re six times more likely to have issues with retinal detachment
  • They’re three times more likely to develop cataracts

Screen time with digital devices increases the risk of developing myopia:

  • This is especially a concern with the increased use of mobile devices, and more use of virtual learning
  • During the COVID-19 pandemic, myopia prevalence was three times higher
Get the Facts About Myopia
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Meet Our National Recognized Myopia Management Expert: Dr. Marie Homa-Palladino

Meet Our National Recognized Myopia Management Expert: Dr. Marie Homa-Palladino


A nationally recognized leader in myopia management, Marie Homa-Palladino, OD, FIAOMC, IACMM , is the director of the MOA Myopia Management Center of Excellence and the only provider in the southeastern Pennsylvania region who has achieved the honor of becoming a fellow in the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control.
Dr. Homa-Palladino has more than a decade of experience in myopia management and is particularly passionate about helping younger patients overcome myopia and its challenges and advancing the field of myopia management. In addition to her work at Medical Optometry America and the MOA Myopia Management Center of Excellence, she lectures frequently at national meetings and sits on the American Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control’s board of directors.

Myopia Management Treatment Options at the MOA Myopia Management Center of Excellence


We employ a wide range of strategies and services to keep myopia from progressing and affecting your eye health, including the following:

Prescription Eye Drops

Our team has had success slowing and controlling myopia using specialized prescription eye drops, including atropine drops. These eye drops are easy to use, and often work well in tandem with other treatment methods.

Specialty Soft Lenses

We also offer specialty soft contact lenses that can help correct myopia and vision at the same time. We’ve seen daily wear of these lenses reduce myopia’s progression by 40%.

Orthokeratology & Corneal Retainers

Overnight wear of these specially designed gas permeable lenses can reduce myopic progression by 45%. And since these lenses temporarily improve your child’s vision, they won’t need to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day!

Is Your Child at Risk?


Here’s a quick quiz to see if you or your child could benefit from myopia management.

  1. Do you or your child need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at a distance?
  2. Is your or your child’s prescription changing significantly every year?
  3. Does a parent(s) or sibling(s) need glasses or contact lenses to see clearly at a distance?
  4. Does your child spend more than one to three hours on close work, such as reading or using electronic devices?
  5. Do you or your child spend fewer than two hours outdoors, including school recess and breaks?
    Is nearsightedness impacting your child’s performance in school, sports, work, or other activities?

If you answered YES to two or more questions, your child could be at risk for myopia. Contact our team to schedule an evaluation!

Is Your Child at Risk?
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Take Control of Your Child’s Eye Health and Vision at the MOA Myopia Management Center of Excellence


Our facility has been designed to provide patients and their children with the best possible myopia management treatment options with personalized treatment plans that will address each patient’s own unique vision needs. Myopia management from Dr. Homa-Palladino and our team can improve you or your child’s quality of life, while protecting their eyes from a lifetime of issues and conditions. Schedule an evaluation today and learn more about how the MOA Myopia Management Center of Excellence can keep the eye health of you and your child in focus with our myopia management plans.

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