Myopia (nearsightedness) is when your distance vision blurs but you have clear near vision. Vision is particularly important in a learning environment and the prevalence of myopia progression in children is becoming a world-wide problem. The WHO estimates that by 2050 up to 50% of the world’s population will have myopia and all children are likely to progress once they become myopic. As nearsightedness progresses, the risk of other eye problems such as retinal detachment and myopic degeneration dramatically increases. To address the progression of myopia, our optometrists are offering new advances in myopia management.
Zeiss MyoVision Pro Lenses
The Zeiss MyoVision Pro lenses have a central zone that provides sharp vision to correct nearsightedness and a peripheral zone that is responsible for myopia control. They are available in a wide range of prescriptions (including astigmatism correction) and provide full UV400 protection. They can also be ordered with Zeiss DuraVision BlueProtect for optimal protection while using digital devices. These lenses are a great option for kids with mild to moderate myopia with astigmatism and who are not interested in contact lens wear.
Cooper Vision MiSight Contact Lenses
The Cooper Vision MiSight daily disposable contact lenses have multiple treatment zones that align to the child’s pupil to ensure consistent myopia control in all conditions. Children should be wearing the contact lenses a minimum of 6 days per week, 10 hours per day in order to benefit from the lens and early intervention is recommended. MiSight lenses can provide a 59% reduction in myopia progression over the course of 3 years. Both parents and children enrolled in the studies have been extremely happy with the fit and comfort of the contacts and adapt very well to full time wear.
Behaviour And Lifestyle Tips for Myopia Management
Children’s habits and lifestyle choices can also have a large impact on myopia progression. Some important tips for reducing the progression of myopia include the following:
Stay active outdoors
Use UV protection at all times
Keep digital devices at arm’s length and with upright body posture
Take visual breaks (at least 2 minutes every half hour)
Good lighting - natural light is particularly helpful