Myopia

Myopia is a common eye condition also known as short-sightedness. We provide the highest level of eyecare and can help you manage your eye health. 

Myopia is a common eye condition, seen mainly in children and young adults. Also known as near- or short-sightedness, myopia means you can see up close, but struggle to see long distances.

In the last few decades, the rates of myopia have been increasing at a staggering rate. It is predicted by the year 2050, half the world’s population will be short-sighted. Although the exact cause is unknown, many eye doctors believe the overuse of smartphones and computers could be a leading factor.

If an adult develops myopia, it is typically a mild condition that progresses slowly. However, if a child is diagnosed in the early vunerable years of development, the condition can progress rapidly if untreated and cause long-term damaging effects of their adult eyesight.

Because myopia is a progressive condition which is associated with a higher risk of eye disease, it’s important to catch it as early as possible and start a prevention plan straight away.

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Myopia Control

World-recognised researchers have conducted extensive studies into how we can slow down or stop the progression of myopia. This is called Myopia Control. There are six different treatment options, each with varying degrees of success.

Correcting the myopia with basic glasses

Combination of OrthoK and atropine therapy

Traditional bifocal soft disposable contact lenses

Atropine therapy

Using special glasses called MyoVision glasses or progressive lenses

OrthoK (orthokeratology)

Prevention is key

A child with one myopic parent is three times more likely to develop myopia. If both parents are myopic, a child is six-times more likely. Don’t wait until your child is struggling to see. Book an eye assessment at our Kids Vision clinic and get the most comprehensive eye examination that technology allows.

Even though myopia is a genetic condition, there are many ways you can prevent myopia from developing. As well as an assessment, our Kids Vision specialists can offer the best advice on how to manage your child’s eye health, from eye exercises and therapy, to eating well, lifestyle habits and limiting screen time.

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