What is Myopia?
Also known as Near Sighted or Short Sighted. A myopic eye causes light to focus in front of, instead of on, the retina. This causes distant objects to be blurry while close objects appear normal.
Causes include but are not limited to a family history of near sightedness, a lot of reading and spending most of the time indoors.
Childhood myopia continues to increase at an alarming rate. As optometrists, we are at the forefront of this epidemic, and we have the opportunity and responsibility to help our young myopic patients.
Why is it important to manage myopia?
Catching myopia at an early age is important due to complications closely linked with myopia increase as the myopia increases. These complications can include a detached retina, macula disease and developing cataracts earlier; all of which can lead to severe sight loss
How can you manage myopia at home?
Encourage your child spend more time outdoors.
Try and reduce the amount of time your child spends looking at screens/near objects.
Current studies show that 14 hours a week or more outdoors are significantly effective in reducing myopia progression. Further research is being carried out to determine exactly why this is the case.
How can we manage myopia in practice?
At Wood Street Opticians, we offer non invasive techniques to manage your child’s myopia. We can do this with the use of specially designed contact lenses or spectacles. Your child’s prescription, age and suitability will determine which is the best route to start their myopia management journey.
MiSight Contact lenses are a soft daily disposable contact lens suitable for myopic children (usually suitable for children aged 6 or above). They correct short-sightedness allowing children to enjoy spectacle free vision
MiSight® Contact lenses have a special optical design which may help to slow down the speed at which myopia progresses. Based on clinical trials over 3 years children wearing MiSight® 1 day had 59% less myopic progression on average compared to the control group.
Our experienced staff will discuss patient suitability with both parent and child, complete safe demonstration of both insertion and removal of contact lenses, detail necessary hygiene whilst using contact lenses and follow up and aftercare visits will be provided.
MiyoSmart is an innovative myopia management spectacle lens which is both safe and convenient for your child – just like ordinary spectacle lenses They provide vision correction whilst also working to reduce the progression of their short-sightedness. They are easy to adapt to and are suitable for full time daily wear.
Based on a 2 year clinical trial MiyoSmart is proven to curb myopia progression in children in average by 60% with its award-winning D.I.M.S. (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments) technology.
Regular aftercare visits will be scheduled to ensure correct fitting of frames is maintained – as this is essential to the success of MiyoSmart lenses.