Welcome to Bright Futures, Vold Vision’s Pediatric Myopia Management Program! Bright Futures is one of the first of its kind in the nation, and we are excited to bring this technology to the Northwest Arkansas Community and surrounding areas. Myopia management is designed to slow the rate of your child’s glasses prescription, reduce the risk of vision loss, and decrease their dependency on contact lenses and glasses. This program is completely customized to your child’s eyes, lifestyle, and age and will be evaluated up until the age of 18 years old. Our goal with Bright Futures is to improve your child’s opportunities in life.
"1 week ago today I had the SMILE procedure done at Vold Vision. BEST. DECISION. EVER! 1 day post op I had 20/20 vision! I never thought I’d see the day where I didn’t wake up scrambling around to find my glasses just to make it to the bathroom to put in my contacts for a 12hr shift at the hospital, but here we are and I couldn’t be more thankful! <br /> The entire staff at Vold has been amazing! The front desk staff always greets me with a warm and positive attitude. John in scheduling worked with me to get pre op testing, surgery date, and post op appointments made that were perfect for me and my work schedule. Dr. Moser saw me for my pre op testing and has been following my progress during the post op period. She is incredibly knowledgeable and has answered all of my questions/concerns thus far! And last, but not least, Dr. Vold on surgery day was phenomenal! Even though the procedure itself is very quick, he continuously reassured me and kept the experience very calming and relaxing. He mentioned multiple times how excited he was for me and I cannot thank him enough for giving me this new and much improved vision! <br /> 10/10 definitely recommend Dr. Vold & his entire team!"- M.L. / Facebook / May 26, 2021
"If you’ve considered using Vold Vision for your vision correction needs, JUST DO IT! Had our consultation for my husband and felt so cared for from the moment we walked through the door! They answered all thousand () of my questions with a smile on their faces, and they made sure we fully understood what we were signing up for. So excited to have them correct my husbands vision in a couple weeks! 😉"- H.G. / Facebook / Jul 29, 2022
"Thursday was the last day I’d have to wear contacts or glasses except for SUNGLASSES! Thank you Vold Vision! I’ve been in glasses since I was 6 or 7…that’s 28ish years! I tried to get lasik/lasek but was not a candidate. However, hope was not lost! With EVO ICL I’m able to finally have great vision without the help of contacts or glasses! So if you’ve been turned down before and still dream of life without contacts and glasses definitely make the trip to have a consult at Vold Vision. They have the best staff, they’re very personable and just all around great! #VoldVision #EVOICL"- K.P. / Facebook / Jun 26, 2022
"I had my laser/smile procedure 2 years ago and WOW! The difference it has made in my life is indescribable! I wore contacts for most of my life and I was always worried about losing one of them being uncomfortable etc. It really added a lot of stress to my life. I finally decided to have the procedure and I have not regretted it. To wake up and actually open my eyes and see is so awesome! No more solutions no more worries! FREEDOM!"- Anonymous / Facebook / Jun 18, 2022
"I had the CLE done on Thursday. Next day I can read my phone, prescription labels and see my alarm clock in the middle of the night without straining. The procedure was easy and painless. They were very professional to work with and put my nerves at ease. Highly recommend Vold"- T.M. / Facebook / May 24, 2022
What is myopia?
Myopia, also referred to as nearsightedness, is an ocular condition where objects at a distance appear blurry. This is caused by an elongated eye caused by genetics, environment, and other factors. Commonly, myopia starts during childhood and progresses rapidly over the year if interventions are not made. An elongated eye increases the risk of permanent vision loss and other serious ocular diseases. With myopia, early intervention is key to your child’s success in academics, sports, extracurricular activities, and overall eye health.
SEE THE DIFFERENCE
What is a diopter? A diopter is the unit of measurement for glasses and contact lens prescriptions. Perfect or 20/20 vision would be 0.0 diopters. Adding a minus sign, “- “, in front of the prescription signifies that the patient is myopic or nearsighted, meaning objects at a distance are blurry. In contrast, adding an addition sign, “+”, before a prescription shows that the patient is hyperopia or farsighted, meaning objects at near are blurry and distance is clear. A healthy amount of change for a pediatric patient would be about 0.50D per year.
REAL PATIENT EXPERIENCE: ALLY GRACE
Ally Grace has always been highly competitive, especially when it comes to sports and academics. At the age of eight, the game had changed! Now, she depended on her glasses to compete and learn, but she wasn’t the first in her family to deal with this obstacle. When her mother, Kristina, heard of the program she was immediately interested. Kristina has struggled with her vision since six years old, and now is a -8.00 prescription! Her dependency on corrective lenses has been passed to Ally’s two older sisters, as well, since myopia is incredibly genetic. Kristina said, “I wish I would’ve known about this program with my two other girls, it would have changed their lives!! For what we spend on contacts and glasses during a year plus, these additional benefits, we wish we would’ve done this sooner for her, but we are thankful we have her in OrthoK lenses now!” Ally is loving her new lenses and the freedom they provide her during the day! She said, “At first it was uncomfortable to wear contacts to bed, but now it’s just a part of my daily life.” On the court, field, or classroom, she doesn’t have to worry about her contacts falling out or glasses breaking, just focusing on the task in front of her!
Vold Vision’s Bright Futures team uses state-of-the-art technology to evaluate your child’s eyes and develop a customized, non-invasive treatment plan for your child. Our non-surgical treatments are comprised of specialty contact lenses and prescription eye drops. During your child’s initial appointment, Dr. Emma Holden, Vold Vision pediatric optometrist, will outline the best plan of treatment for your child.
Overnight Contact Lenses OR Otho-K Lenses Routine:
Worn only during sleeping hours Ortho-K or orthokeratology lenses are specialty contact lenses designed to gently reshape the ‘front surface” of the eye during sleeping eyes, which gives patients “LASIK-like” results during the day. Along with slowing the progression of myopia, patients will no longer need glasses or regular contacts during waking hours!
Daily Soft, Bifocal Contact Lenses OR MiSight Contact Lenses Routine:
Worn during waking hours, daily disposable MiSight Contact Lenses are a daily, soft, bifocal contact that is to be worn during waking hours. This technology utilizes treatment zones to remove strain from the retina, reducing the progression of myopia, and providing comfortable, clear vision during waking hours. Parents love the MiSight App, it provides reminders for when your child is about to be out of contacts and with a click of a button new contacts are ordered.
Atropine Eye Drops Routine:
Used once daily before bedtime compounded atropine eye drops are a great treatment option for our younger patients or to pair with other myopia management treatments. These drops are recommended to be applied in each eye once daily before bedtime. With atropine drops, your child may still rely on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly during the day. Parents with younger children or who do not feel their child is ready for contact lenses, find atropine drops to be a wonderful solution to slowing the progression rate of their child’s myopia.
Your next step would be to schedule an evaluation with Dr. Holden. The initial appointment will identify the most appropriate strategy for each case which can vary by age, lifestyle, activity level, maturity, and, of course, amount of myopia. We recommend both parents or guardians to be present during the appointment in-person or via phone to reassure both parents know the routine, can share family history and all questions can be answered. From there we will have follow-up appointments to track prescription, school, and overall ocular health. To schedule an appointment, call us at (479) 442-8653 or fill out the “Request Info” form on the page.
BENEFITS OF MYOPIA MANAGEMENT
- Decreased dependency of contacts and glasses
- Slowing the progression of myopia
- Reducing risks of ocular diseases
- Provides your child with an advantage to a more successful future
MEET DR. EMMA HOLDEN, VOLD VISION PEDIATRIC OPTOMETRIST
As a nearsighted child herself, Dr. Emma Holden did not get her first pair of glasses until age 12. She recalls first seeing the ‘leaves on the trees as a huge moment for her. Throughout high school and college, Dr. Emma always found a way to work with children, whether it was as a babysitter, tutor, or volunteering as a science teacher in the community through Denver’s 4H program. Toward the end of undergraduate school, Dr. Emma became more and more intrigued in a career in optometry due to her own dependence on glasses and contact lenses. In optometry school, she found her passion for working with children grew even more as she volunteered at school screenings and loved her time in a pediatric clinic. She is thrilled to be one of the first doctors in the country to provide a comprehensive, customized approach for treating myopia. She loves getting to know each child that sits in her exam chair.
Dr. Emma Holden is a board-certified optometric physician and is a key part of Vold Vision’s pediatric team serving the more than 200,000 children in the region. Since 2019, Dr. Emma has been volunteering as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters of NWA. When she's not busy taking great care of her patients, Dr. Holden loves hitting the trails with her dogs Vaughan and Loretta, fly fishing, cooking, collecting vinyl records, and calling the hogs!