Myopia is the clinical term for short-sightedness, when the eyeball is too long or too powerful. The result is that light coming into the eye does not focus directly on the retina, but instead falls 'short' in front of it, causing objects in the distance to look blurred.
By 2050, it is predicted that half the world’s population will have myopia. In the UK, the prevalence of myopia in children aged between 10–16 years has more than doubled over the last 50 years, and children are becoming myopic at a younger age.
Why are increasing levels of Myopia a problem?
The rising prevalence and the risks of sight-threatening ocular pathology associated with myopia are well documented.
A higher prescription is not only an inconvenience causing poorer vision without glasses or contact lenses but all myopia and especially higher prescriptions (over -6.00DS) are linked to an increased risk of developing eye diseases such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, myopic macular degeneration and cataract in later life.
Each dioptre increase in myopia results in 67% increased risk of myopic macular degeneration.
Myopia management aims to slow down the progression of myopia in children and young adults through lifestyle changes, the use of specialised contact lenses, eye drops (not available in the UK) and specially designed spectacle lenses.
It is unlikely that myopia management will stop the progression of myopia completely and the “average” child will still have some progression of myopia even with myopia management.
MiSight 1 Day daily disposable contact lenses are one of the ways to control myopia. This soft contact lens is suitable for children and we take a pro-active approach to help provide a successful fitting.
Once fitted the lenses have to be worn regularly. The studies performed with the MiSight 1 day lens have shown reduced myopia progression in those wearing the lenses for 10 hours a day, 6 days a week.
Studies have suggested that the MiSight 1 Day disposable lens has been proven to slow down myopia by up to 59%. This means that if fitted early enough with this lens, most children will end up with less than half the strength of myopia than if fitted with a conventional contact lens or spectacles.
MiYOSMART Spectacle Lenses from Hoya. In early 2021, the first spectacle lens for myopia management became available in the UK.
The Hoya MiyoSmart lens works very similarly to the contact lenses in giving clear vision through the centre of the lens and a variation in the power of the lens away from the centre to create defocus on the peripheral retina helping reduce the eyes desire to grow.
Based on a two year clinical trial result, MiYOSMART is proven to curb myopia progression in children on average by 60% with it's award winning technology.