Stop your child's short sightedness from getting worse
What is myopia (short-sightedness)
Presently, there is no cure for myopia but recent research has provided us with additional insight into myopia and there are options to slow down and even stop the progression of it (myopia control).
The latest theory of myopia control suggests that myopia progression occurs when light is focused on the peripheral (side) retina. It is believed that making the light out of focus on the peripheral retina can reduce myopia progression (termed myopic defocus). Speciality contact and spectacle lenses can achieve this.
Myopia Control Options- Orthokeratology
As this process is completely reversible, your vision will go back to its original shape when lens wear is stopped.
Myopia Control Options- Atropine/ Medicated Eyedrops
Atropine is a prescription only medication. It can be prescribed by a therapeutically qualified optometrist or ophthalmologist. Currently only one pharmacy in Auckland is making preparations of these eyes drops at a concentration sufficiently weak for the use of preventing short-sightedness.
Myopia Control Options- MiSight Contact Lenses
Myopia Control Options- Variable Focus Glasses
The principle of these lenses is similar to ortho-k lenses and these lenses have shown to reduce the progression of myopia by up to 30% in certain groups.
Myopia Control Summary
Currently there is no cure for myopia but with the latest scientific research there are now multiple options available to help slow down and even potentially stop the progression of myopia.
All these options are available at Frith and Laird and our optometrists are constantly up to date with the latest research and will be happy to answer any questions.
Myopia Control Options- Lifestyle Changes/ Outdoor Play
Living in a city is definitely bad for young eyes. Auckland’s not huge on a world scale but all of the factors of sedentary urban living still are at play. Studies show rates of childhood short-sightedness as low as 3% in non-urbanised cultures such as the Sherpas of Nepal and in Vanuatu but rates as high as 60% in highly urbanised countries such as Taiwan. The prevalence of myopia among Singaporean Indians has been reported as high as over 70% while remaining 10-20% among Indians living in India.