Is your child’s myopia (short-sightedness) rapidly advancing?
At Eye C Optometry we can do something about it.
What is Myopia & Why is it a Concern?
A person who has myopia (or short-sightedness) relies on glasses or contact lenses to see clearly in the distance. Blurry vision may be inconvenient, but higher levels of myopia are also linked to a number of serious eye conditions. Eyes with high myopia have an increased risk of glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment, and myopic macular degeneration. The younger a child starts becoming myopic, the more likely they are to end up with high levels of myopia.
Myopia is becoming increasingly prevalent in our society. The reasons for the increased prevalence is not yet completely understood, but studies to date have found that myopia is associated with increased time spent on near activities such as reading, studying, using smart phones and tablets; and also due to a reduced time outdoors gaining exposure to natural light. Myopia is more common in people of Asian decent. The risk of myopia is also greatly increased by having one or both parents with moderate to high myopia.
Myopia Control for Children
Thankfully there are measures you can take if you child is at risk of advancing myopia. At Eye C Optometry we fit children with multifocal myopia control contact lenses, as well as specially designed progressive spectacles lenses. Both methods have been shown to reduce the risk of myopia progression in children.
MiYOSMART Spectacle Lenses for Myopia Control in Children
MiYOSMART is an award-winning spectacle lens which provides clear vision while managing myopia. Its revolutionary technology has been proved to reduce myopia progression in children by 60% compared to children wearing traditional glasses lenses.
The MiYOSMART lens works by allowing the eye to experience a constant amount of ‘myopic defocus’ in multiple zones extending into the mid-periphery of the lens. This defocus has been identified as a factor that inhibits eye growth, thus slowing the progression of myopia.
Multifocal Contact Lenses for Myopia Control
Multifocal soft contact lenses for myopia control have been found to reduce the progression of myopia in children by 33% – 50%. Contact lenses also provide children that rely on spectacles with clear vision without glasses – improving self-confidence, or providing safety and comfort when playing sport.
To find out more about myopia control or discuss whether your child can benefit from early intervention please contact us or book an appointment.