Shuswap Optometric Center

Myopia Control For Families in Salmon Arm & Chase

Find A Location

What Is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that affects your ability to see far away, making it difficult or dangerous to do things like drive or play sports. Myopia is so common that nearly 30% of all Canadians have it to some degree, and scientists believe that half the world’s population will have myopia by 2050.

Myopia occurs when your eye elongates over time. When this happens, light entering your eye focuses in front of the retina instead of on it, causing blurry vision.

Myopia may also increase the risk of retinal detachment or retinal damage in severe cases, causing permanent and irreversible vision loss.

Myopia in Children

Some studies have shown that myopia can develop in children as young as 6 to 8 years old. It is one of the most common childhood eye issues alongside amblyopia and strabismus. But we can help you manage your child’s symptoms through regular eye exams.

From an eye exam, we can help find the options your child may need to manage their symptoms. If you’re unsure if your child is struggling with myopia, there are some behaviours that may indicate they’re developing it, including:

  • Excessive eye rubbing
  • Constant blinking
  • Sitting close to presentations, screens, or lessons
  • Holding objects close to their eyes
  • Headaches

Controlling Your Myopia

Atropine Drops

Atropine eye drops are medicated drops that were initially developed to dilate pupils. However, optometrists around the world now use it as an effective method for controlling myopia.

Atropine helps inhibit accommodation, the process of changing focus between near and far distances, which could accelerate myopia development.

Multifocal contact lenses contain multiple prescriptions to provide clear vision at all distances. Multifocal contacts focus light entering your eyes on your retina, even in your peripheral vision, slowing the elongation process.

Get the Help You Deserve

If you’re ready to see what we can do for your myopia, please book an appointment with our team today.

Our Locations

Shuswap Optometric Centre

How To Find Us
From the Trans-Canada Highway, turn on to Alexander Street NE going south and take your immediate right into our spacious parking lot. Accessible parking spaces are available.

Contact Information

Address

3-160 Trans-Canada HWY NE
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1V4

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM2 PM
Sunday
Closed

Chase Optometric Centre

How To Find Us
Our clinic is located on Shuswap Avenue, right across the street from Thompson-Nicola Regional Library and Western Financial Group.

Contact Information

Address

633 Shuswap Avenue
Chase, BC V0E 1M0

Hours of Operations

Monday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

We’re closed for lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm every day.

How To Find Us
From the Trans-Canada Highway, turn on to Alexander Street NE going south and take your immediate right into our spacious parking lot. Accessible parking spaces are available.

Contact Information

Address

3-160 Trans-Canada HWY NE
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 1V4

Hours of Operations

Monday
8 AM5 PM
Tuesday
8 AM8 PM
Wednesday
8 AM5 PM
Thursday
8 AM5 PM
Friday
8 AM5 PM
Saturday
8 AM2 PM
Sunday
Closed

How To Find Us
Our clinic is located on Shuswap Avenue, right across the street from Thompson-Nicola Regional Library and Western Financial Group.

Contact Information

Address

633 Shuswap Avenue
Chase, BC V0E 1M0

Hours of Operations

Monday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Friday
8:30 AM4:30 PM
Saturday
Closed
Sunday
Closed

We’re closed for lunch from 12:00pm to 1:00pm every day.

Our Services

instagram facebook facebook2 pinterest twitter google-plus google linkedin2 yelp youtube phone location calendar share2 link star-full star star-half chevron-right chevron-left chevron-down chevron-up envelope fax