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Myopia Control

Myopia often increases during childhood, the teens and into mid 20's.

Do we have to accept this? NO!

How is it possible to control Myopia's progression up the focus scale?

It all begins with having the right understanding of why the Myopia began at all.

Myopia is a visual stress disease. It is the body's response to the sustained, repetitive stress of the near task.

It is a clever adaption to the need for restful focus at near, which unfortunately causes blur for distance.
The myopic person usually does not mind this so much.

It is the reading that they love & value, so they are quite accepting of the consequential compromise to their distance vision.

The genetic factor is there, but it is not the strongest factor at determining whether a person becomes Myopic.

The key triggering factor is the visual stress at near.

It is around the age of 8yrs that a child can become engrossed in the intensity of the near task, and if they persist in their love of reading, they are very likely to become Myopic.

This is not to say that reading is harmful.

See our VisionLink definition of Myopia.

If we understand the triggers to Myopia, we can arrange the near vision such that the increases are not triggered.

Sound Easy?

It isn't, but here are 11 ways to fight the Myopia

  1. Visual Hygiene

a. Stress Reduction

b. Posture

c. Habits

d. Nutrition

e. Light as Therapy

  2. Optometric Vision Therapy

  3. Exploit Unaided vision

  4. Single Vision reading spectacles

  5. Bifocal spectacles

  6. Multifocal / Progressive Addition spectacles

  7. Single Vision aspheric design spectacles

  8. Conventional Hard RGP Contact lenses

  9. Multifocal Soft Contact lenses

10. Ortho K contact lenses

11. Atropine Therapy

If you are interested in taking control of your child's Myopia, book to see us Click here to Make an appt

Our VisionLink definition of Myopia ( short-sightedness)

Short-sightedness, known medically as Myopia, is a condition where the eye's focus power is too strong for its length, causing the light to be focused in front of the retina. It can be that the curves on the front of the eye are too strong or perhaps the eye has become too long from front to back. In most cases of low myopia neither the power nor the length are abnormal, they just don't match up. Very few people are born short-sighted, but there is a strong genetic factor in determining whether you will become Myopic or not. The triggering cause for the emergence of myopic change to your eyes is thought to be that the eye has adapted to the amount & intensity of the near work that you have been doing

i.e. the short-sightedness is the body's natural response to the stress of near work.

Though this is actually a good thing for reading vision, it results in a blur for distant tasks. Optometrists compensate for this focus error by using minus powered spectacle or contact lenses placed in front of the eye to reduce the over-strong total power of the eye's optical system. This restores clarity for distance vision. Eye surgeons create the minus lens effect by surgical removal of tissue or implanting plastic lenses inside the eye.

If the sources of near point stress on the eye continue, the length of the eye increases, which increases the prescription power needed to restore good vision for distance. This process continues until the effects of age slow up the ability of the eye to keep changing - this typically occurs by the age of 30.

Short-sighted people tend to prefer the "detailed view" on life, they are often more interested in intense, detailed, near tasks (especially reading) and can be more specific in their thinking.

In terms of how a person's vision functions when they have Short-sightedness, it is actually a clever adaption to the intensity of the near task, allowing the person to see clearly at the range they like to work at without having to use their accommodation, pretty clever Stress management!

The symptom of short-sightedness is typically just the blur at distance, seldom headaches nor strain.

Myopia is about more than just blur, it can be a serious eye condition. Especially in the case of higher degrees of myopia, the risk significantly increases for cataract, glaucoma, and retinal detachment. These are potentially blinding conditions so efforts to keep the myopia down to low levels is a wise management of future eye health risks.

Ortho K to control Myopia

What is Ortho K?

'Ortho K' is a revolutionary safe therapy to correct Short-sightedness (Myopia) which is Reversible, Non-Surgical, and Non-Invasive.

It works by using specially designed RGP contact lenses that reshape the cornea correcting your vision while you sleep. Then during the day you are free from having to wear any contact lens or glasses!

These lenses also slow the rate of increase in Myopia, so it is often used for children as their first correction, many children now don't get glasses for short-sight at all, they go straight to Ortho K!

Read our Ortho K testimonials Click here to learn more.

Why Ortho K?

It gives you control over your children's vision correction.

The chance to slow the rate of Myopia progression for your preteens and teenage kids.