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What is Myopia?

Myopia or short-sightedness is a common vision condition in which you can see objects near to your clearly, but objects far away are blurry. When you have myopia your eye grows longer than normal causing the light rays to focus in front of your retina, which causes the distance blur. As the eye grows longer or becomes more myopic there is higher risk (compared with non-myopic eyes) of eye disease later on in life, such as retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy and even glaucoma.

Why is Myopia a concern in children?

Myopia typically starts early in childhood and almost always progresses with age. Myopia progresses quickest in childhood and adolescent years. If Myopia is not controlled in children, it can lead to moderate or high Myopia, which increases the risk of blindness due to myopia-associated eye diseases, such as retinal detachment.

What are the risk factors for Myopia progression?

  • Childhood onset myopia

  • Family history of myopia

  • Excessive near work - reading, computers, phones and tablets

  • Reduced outdoor activity 

When should I consider myopia control?

Early intervention with Myopia Control and timely treatment is important to reduce the degree of Myopia that may develop. Therefore, Myopia Control is recommended at initial diagnosis of your child's Myopia. Myopia control aims to slow the progression of myopia in children, in the hope to prevent a high degree of Myopia. While Myopia cannot be reversed, the goal of treatment is to keep it from getting worse. This can protect a child's eye health in the future, despite still needing to wear glasses or contact lenses.  

Does Myopia Control work for adults?

There are no conclusive studies that show Myopia Control works for adults. At this stage, it is only suited for children, teenagers and young adults.

What Myopia Control Treatment are available?

We offer the following treatments for Myopia Control:

  • Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) - studies have shown Ortho-K treatment can help slow down the progression of Myopia.

  • Multifocal Contact Lenses - studies have shown full time wear of multifocal contact lenses can help slow down the progression of Myopia.

  • MiyoSmart Lenses - studies have shown full time wear of prescription MiyoSmart glasses can help slow down the progression of Myopia.

  • Atropine Eye Drops - studies have shown ongoing atropine eye drops used in conjunction with wearing glasses full time can help slow down the progression of Myopia.

For more information about Myopia Control or to see which treatment option is best suited to your child please book an appointment.

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