Myopia Control

Myopia Control
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a condition where light that enters the eye does not focus on the retina as it should, but in front of the retina, causing distant objects to appear blurry while allowing near objects to be in focus. In other words, myopia occurs when the eyeball grows to be too long. Over 80 million children have been reported to be myopic worldwide, and rates continue to increase. Due to a lack of access to adequate vision care in many parts of the world, uncorrected myopia has the potential to have considerable public health and socioeconomic impacts.


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Myopia is often diagnosed in childhood, typically between 8 and 12 years of age, and it can be an inherited condition, meaning that the likelihood of developing myopia increases if one or both parents are myopic. Additionally, rates of myopia are highest in East Asian and South Asian populations, with some studies reporting that up to 80-90% of Asian schoolchildren suffer from the condition. Click here to learn more about refractive errors.

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Treatment for myopia has traditionally involved eyeglasses or contact lenses to improve vision. However, recent studies have indicated that addressing both the central and peripheral vision may help to reduce the growth rate of the eye, thus slowing down the progression of myopia.

  • PHARMACEUTICAL EYE DROPS (~55% REDUCTION IN MYOPIA)
    Though used in eye care for over 100 years, atropine is now showing promising results in controlling myopia progression by instilling one drop in each eye before bed every night.
     
  • MYOPIA CONTROL EYEGLASS LENSES (~20% REDUCTION IN MYOPIA)
    Specially designed spectacle lenses work to reduce myopic progression with very little
    side effects. The use of bifocal glasses can also limit myopia progression. May be combined with atropine therapy. Click here to learn more about Zeiss MyoVision Lenses
     
  • DAYTIME CONTACT LENS WEAR (~50% REDUCTION IN MYOPIA)
    Specially designed myopia-control soft contact lenses work to reduce peripheral blur and are changed out daily.
     
  • NIGHTTIME CONTACT LENS WEAR (~40% REDUCTION)
    Orthokeratology involves wearing hard contact lenses while you sleep to eliminate the need for spectacle correction during the day. Click here to learn more about ortho-K.

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