Los Angeles Myopia Control™ is LA's premier myopia control clinic offering state of the art technology and decades of combined experience. Since 1971 we have been located in Westwood Village in West Los Angeles next to UCLA. We have six doctors on staff at Los Angeles Myopia Control.
Los Angeles Myopia Control™ is part of Village Eyes Optometry, one of Los Angeles’ premier optometric practices operating in Westwood Village since 1971. In addition to Dr. Jon Vogel, the practice boasts the talents of Dr. Bahareh Golbahar, Dr. Annie Hu-Duval, Dr. Tenie Avanessian, Dr. Lorin Vogel, and Dr. Donna Weiss.
The doctors at Los Angeles Myopia Control recognize the many risks of not controlling myopia and are here to help parents in this journey. We are here to ensure all patients the best possible vision performance by providing the highest quality vision and eye health care possible in a comfortable, professional, and “patient friendly” environment. We will keep overall patient wellness and understanding as first priorities in everything we do. We will maintain the highest health care standards, state of the art instrumentation, and commitment to continued improvement in our profession.
What is nearsightedness?
myopia | 近視
'Inability to see clearly in the distance; can see better at near than far away; a condition of the eye that causes distant objects to appear blurred because their images are focused in front of the retina rather than on it.'
Also called short-sightedness, near-sightedness.
Degree of myopia
Myopia is generally classified according to the degree of myopia, that is the power of the prescription lens required to correct the blurred vision, measured in dioptres (D). The higher the myopia, the greater the physical elongation of the eye.
Low myopia -0.50 to -3.00
Moderate myopia -3.00 to -5.00
High myopia -5.00 and above
Extreme myopia is sometimes used to describe myopia in excess of -10.00
In some countries, the amount of myopia may be specified in 'degrees'. For example, -6.00 is commonly referred to in Hong Kong and south-east Asia as 600 degrees of myopia (600 度近視), and -10.00 as 1000 degrees of myopia (1000 度近視), and so on.
What causes myopia?
Genetics and environmental factors both contribute to the development of myopia in children and adolescents.
A family history of myopia is a known risk — one or both parents with short-sightedness significantly increases the risk of the child developing it also.
Environmental influences include excessive near work, reading, studying, computer and tablet use, and time spent indoors. Significant growth of the eye occurs in children between the ages of 6 and 12. During this critical time, factors which increase the risk of abnormal elongation growth of the eye will result in myopia.
As society has developed with urbanization, education and constant use of digital technology in everyday life from a young age, the evolution of the human eye has not kept up with these rapid changes. That's why myopia in children and young adults is dramatically on the rise. Myopia is becoming such a problem all around the world that it's been termed The Myopia Epidemic by eye experts and researchers.
Consequences of High Myopia
Glasses become thicker and heavier with higher levels of myopia. High-index lenses to reduce thickness add extra expense to each pair of new glasses.
High myopia is associated with cataract formation, and also increases the risk of complications during and after cataract surgery.
High myopia has been linked to a higher incidence of glaucoma, and development of more severe cases of glaucoma.
Myopia commonly causes earlier vitreous detachment, leading to many visually-disruptive spots and floaters and increases glare.
Thinning of the retina in a highly myopic eye increases the risk of developing myopic macular degeneration, causing loss of central vision.
Retinal detachment is one possible consequence of high myopia. Retinal detachment surgery to repair a torn retina and restore sight is a complex, risky and invasive procedure. Vision may never fully return to normal.
Using the state-of-the-art Myopia Master we can assess how much myopia will likely develop during your child's life
Years of Combined Experience
OUR EYE DOCTORS
Dr. Bahareh Golbahar
Dr. Jon Vogel
Dr. Donna Weiss
Dr. Annie Hu-Duval
Dr. Lorin Vogel
Dr. Sarah Yoo
Dr. Tenie Avanessian
The doctor and staff did an amazing job and helped calm my nervous daughter! We really feel like we now have a plan in place to stop her myopia from getting as bad as me and my husband's.
I was nervous about my son's myopia when it jumped up so much over the last couple of years. I have extremely high myopia and was worried he would be on the same path. I am now so much more at ease knowing we are doing everything we can.
This clinic really impressed me with their knowledge and specialized equipment. Our plan with our son seems to be working out in that his myopia barely changed over the last year!