What is Myopia Control, and Why is it Important?

Myopia, or short-sightedness, is when the light entering the eye is focussed in front of the retina (rather than on the retina) and creates blurred distance vision. It typically starts between the ages of 7 and 14 and tends to progress throughout the teens and sometimes into the early 20’s and beyond. It is normally corrected with spectacles and/or contact lenses, and some people eventually opt for refractive surgery.

Myopia is becoming more common with each generation. In low degrees it is not too much of a problem, other than the slight inconvenience of having to wear glasses. However in higher degrees (say over -5) spectacles lenses become thicker and heavier, uncorrected vison is more debilitating, and more importantly the risk of certain eye diseases such as glaucoma and retinal detachment becomes higher.

Over the past 3 or 4 years there have been numerous scientific studies which show that certain types of contact lenses can be used to effectively slow down the rate of increase in the myopia in children and teenagers. The progression isn’t stopped, but on average the rate of increase is slowed by around 50%.

Intervening with a form of Myopia Management can reduce the resultant prescription which in turn reduces the risk of eye disease, can make spectacle lenses look nicer and increase the options available for regular contact lens wear and even refractive surgery.

We provide three options for Myopia Control Therapy

1.       Modified Spectacle lenses

2.       MiSight Contact Lenses

3.       Ortho-K

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