Myopia Control

What is Myopia?

Myopia, also known as near-sightedness, is the most common eye condition in the world. If you have myopia, you can see things close to you clearly but objects that are far away are blurry. It is anticipated that by 2050, 50% of the world’s population will have some form of myopia leading to talk of a “myopia epidemic”.

Myopia is caused by how the eye grows. If your eye grows too long in length, images will not focus correctly on your retina (the back of your eye). In most cases this vision problem is rectified with glasses or contact lenses with negative powers to move the focus onto the retina. However, the underlying problem – the eye growing in length – is not treated.

What are the risks of Myopia?

By not addressing myopia early vision may continue to deteriorate to more severe levels.

Higher amounts of myopia are associated with several eye conditions such as glaucoma, myopic macular degeneration and retinal detachments.

In the most severe cases, these conditions can lead to permanent vision loss. This is why it is important to identify and treat myopia progression early.

What Causes Myopia?

Myopia has been shown to be affected by both environmental and genetic factors.

Increased close focussed tasks such as smart phones, tablets and reading books have also been linked with increased levels of myopia.

Bear in mind that there is 3 times the chance of child developing myopia if you or your partner have it. This will more that double if you both have myopia!

What is Myopia Management?

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