What is Myopia
Myopia is also known as short-sight, and is where things are blurry in the distance. It is becoming more common in children however, especially with the increase in use of computers and smartphones, placing ever increasing demands on the visual sysytem. It has been shown that increases in myopia are correlated with increases in the axial length of the eyeball. Ongoing long-term studies have shown that through various vision correcting methods, the rate of lengthening in the myopic eye of children can be slowed down, leading to a slower progression of myopia . If myopia is left unchecked, other than requiring stronger corrective lenses, there is an increase in risk of certain sight threatening eye conditions such as retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration and glaucoma, as they are linked with high levels of myopia.
What can be done about it
By acting early, prevention of increased myopia is an effective solution. Various optical solutions will not only correct a child’s eyesight, but also provide a protective effect in the progression of myopia.
We provide the Coopervison MiSight lens as a soft daily disposable lens option for Myopia management.
We also utilise Eyedream lenses, which is a brand of Ortho-K lenses, which povide a dual benefit of good eyesight as well as ongoing myopia control. This is a Gas permeable lens that is only worn at night while you are asleep, and gradually reshapes the cornea to correct myopia (short sight) up to -5.00DS, while also slowing down the progression of myopia.
We also provide for those who do not, or cannot, wear contact lenses, a spectacle lens that when worn daily, will correct eyesight and also slow down the progression of myopia. This is the Miyosmart from Hoya.