A breakthrough development in the treatment of myopia has just been launched in Gill Opticians which is proven to slow the progression of myopia in children.
What is myopia? Myopia (short sightedness) is a condition caused by a person’s eye being too long or their cornea being misshaped. The result is that the affected person cannot see clearly in the distance without the aid of glasses or contact lenses.
Early intervention can slow down the progression of myopia.
Known causes – Hereditary or environmental:
- If one parent is myopic then their child has a 1:3 chance of being myopic.
- If both parents are myopic the chances rise to 1:2.
- Individuals spending high proportions of time focusing at short distances are at greater risk of developing the myopic condition. In this time of smart phones, administrative employment and our increased focus on education (reading) means that we all spend more time focusing close up then our ancestors.
Some myopia facts:
- It is estimated that the prevalence of myopia is projected to increase from 2 billion people in the world to 5 billion by 2050.
- A child aged 5 with a prescription of -0.50Ds will progress to requiring a -5.00Ds prescription by the time they are 15 years of age
- Myopia increases the likelihood of conditions later in life such as Glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy (if untreated).
Signs of myopia:
- A specifically designed daily disposable contact lens is worn every day.
Benefits and positive results:
- Early intervention can reduce the rate of myopic progression.
- Reduction in the chances of developing myopic related conditions later in life.
- Increased level of child’s self-esteem and confidence during the important developmental stage of life. (Studies show that 90% of children preferred Misight contact lenses to glasses).
For more information on this exciting innovation and to see if this treatment is suitable for a child please book them in through our online diary or call the practice on 012853227.
All relevant information is available at www.coopervision.com