What is Myopia?
Myopia is blurry long-distance vision, often called “short-sighted’’ or “near-sighted”. A person with myopia can see clearly up close – when reading a book or looking at a phone – but words and objects look fuzzy on a blackboard, on television or when driving.
The prevalence among Australian 12 year olds has doubled in 6 years. Myopia in kids tends to progress or get worse throughout childhood, and higher levels of myopia are associated with higher eye disease risks in adulthood. If your child already wears glasses, you can do something to stop their vision worsening.
Myopia deteriorates when the 'axial length' of the eye increases. Axial length is the distance from the front of the eye to the back. The normal range varies in adults from 22-25 mm. A small change in axial length of 1/3mm will result in 4 step increase in myopia.
Current treatments to slow the progression of Myopia:
Holloway Vision is an authorised prescriber of MiSight Myopia Control contact lenses.
Involves the night time use of custom designed contact lenses. Holloway Vision is a member of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania and has the specialised equipment required to prescribe and monitor these precise contact lenses.
The use of low dose atropine has been shown to be equally as efficient as OrthoK or MiSight contact lenses and is ideal if the patient is reluctant to move into contact lenses. Holloway Vision has been licenced to prescribe these medications for over 18 years
Specialised Spectacle Lenses
In some circumstances, more specialised glasses may be the most suitable means of assisting myopia control. This will be evident following a comprehensive eye examination and may be used in combination with Atropine drops
Numerous studies have shown that the time spent outdoors has a huge bearing on whether myopia develops. The more time that is spent outside the less likely myopia is to occur.
Further information regarding Myopia is available at www.mykidsvision.org or at Holloway Vision.