What is Myopia?
When near objects are clear, but distant objects appear blurry, this may be a sign of short-sightedness. The technical term for this in the optical industry is Myopia.
Myopia is rapidly increasing between the age range of 10 to 25 years old. The younger the child is when diagnosed with Myopia, the likelihood the higher prescription they will need. The chances of the child being diagnosed with Myopia increases if the parent also is Myopic, although there is still a 25% chance even if there is no family history of Myopia. If the child participates in activities that require continuous near-sight activity, the child is more likely to be lifestyle dependent.
There is an increased risk of serious conditions such as retinal detachment or glaucoma if there are high degrees of Myopia.
The rate in which Myopia progresses has slowed down due to new interventions. It is important that these interventions are put in place as soon as possible to limit the development of Myopia and keep prescriptions to a modest level.
Myopia Management Options
Until now there has been no cure for children and young adults with Myopia who are dependent on contact lenses or glasses to help in correcting their vision.
By helping your child, you can control environmental factors that can affect their development of Myopia.
Make sure your child has regular eye examinations. These are available under the NHS for all children under the age of 16 and for full-time students under the age of 19.
Make sure your child is not having too much screen time and having regular breaks from close-up tasks.
Having good posture helps in creating a good working distance from close-up tasks.
Make sure your child has plenty of outdoor exercise.
To tackle your myopia management, we are able to offer you three options:
Ortho K (Orthokeratology) – Our sister practice Oakwood Eyecare has been providing Ortho K contact lenses for many years now. Contact lenses you wear overnight that reshape your cornea to allow you to see clearly. The impact is that you will not need to wear glasses or contact lenses during the day.
MiSight® soft daily contact lenses – Specifically developed to slow the progression of Myopia. Most children find these contact lenses a suitable option as they are comfortable to wear and easy to handle. Wearing them frequently throughout the week for most of the day will result in slowing down the Myopia progression.
MiyoSmart® – These revolutionary lenses (for glasses) were launched in 2021 as an exciting alternative to contact lenses to managing the development of Myopia.
Studies have shown that all three of the above options has proven to reduce the rate of Myopia progression by a staggering 50% to 60%. They also have the bonus of reducing short-sightedness in children from day one. The sooner we diagnose short-sightedness, the sooner we can slow the progression and correct their vision.
Contact us to discuss the best option for your child.