Myopia, the condition where we can see close up but not far away without a visual correction (glasses, Contact Lenses, orthoK etc) is a growing epidemic. Statistics tells us that there are over 1.5 billion people or almost one quarter of the world’s population that are myopic. In some Asian countries this is closer to 90% of school aged children. One study predicts that over two thirds of the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050 and a fifth will have high myopia which predisposes the person to significant eye conditions such as retinal detachment.
Currently, there are various methods we can use to slow down the progression, from atropine (a drug that is installed daily), to sleeping in hard contact lenses (orthokeratology) to bifocal glasses and multi-focal soft contact lenses. Until recently, the use of soft-contact lenses to slow down myopia has been controversial.
However, recent evidence indicates that a new design can slow its rate of progression significantly. The contact lenses are called MiSight® (Coopervision) and are disposable, soft contact lenses so that children can easily adapt to them. They can:
- Reduce myopic progression, for better vision when not wearing glasses or contact lenses
- Reduce the chance of developing high levels of myopia (-6.00D or more) which may lower the incidence of eye diseases associated with short-sightedness such as retinal detachment and glaucoma
- Improve the self-esteem of children and teenagers allowing them to participate in sporting activities
For more information on the latest treatments for Myopia see one of our friendly optometrists.
By Dr. Arthur Stevens – Optometrist and Director at Kosmac & Clemens Optometrists