Myopia (short-sightedness) control
Short-sightedness (myopia) is a global problem. With more near-work activities, less time spent outdoors, the high value placed on educational performance, combined with hereditary, behavioural and environmental factors, the incidence of short-sightedness in children is expected to increase. We expect around 5 biillion people (half the world’s population) to be short-sighted by 2050.
High levels of short-sightedness can lead to conditions such as early cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachments and retinal degeneration (these are causes of sight loss). It is estimated that half the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050. Myopia control lenses (spectacle lenses or soft daily contact lenses) have been shown to reduce the progression of short-sightedness in children by over 60%. This can protect our children from sight loss in the futures.
At Midlands Eye Care, we are passionate about reducing the eye problems in children to protect all our futures.
How do we do correct short-sightedness to keep it from progressing?
The MiyoSmart lens is an award-winning spectacle lens designed to reduce the progression of myopia in children. It has shown to be successful, reducing progression by an average of 60%. This means that in the years where we expect children to progress the most (up to around 18 years old), we have a way of slowing it right down until it becomes stable. This may result in a child finishing with a prescription of -2.50 where it would have been a -5.50…that’s huge for the ocular health and lifestyle!
Daily disposable myopia control contact lenses are also available at Midlands Eye Care. They are specialist contact lenses that are
- Designed for children who have a myopic prescription from -0.25D to -6.00D
- Features unique ActivControl™ technology to reduce myopia progression
- Proven to reduce myopia by up to 59% after three years’ wear in children
- Convenient 1-day wear schedule
- Preferred 9:1 by children over spectacles
ActivControl™ technology utilises dual zones for myopia management and correction
- Optical zone with ActivControl® technology
- One optic zone, having:
- Two correction zones (refractive correction)
- Two treatment zones (+2.00D: myopic defocus)
- Sustained myopic defocus is currently thought to control axial elongation (and therefore refractive error) as the treatment zone image focal plane is located in front of the retina, not behind.