Archive for June 2021
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Already myopic? What are your options?
If you or your child are already myopic, our Optometrist may suggest one of the following to correct your vision and aim to prevent progression:
- Single vision glasses
These glasses are great at correcting vision, however have a minimal impact on slowing myopia progression
- Multifocal (progressive) glasses
Multifocal glasses correct your distance vision and can moderately slow myopia progression
- Miyosmart lenses
This innovative new spectacle lens can significantly slow progression
- Multifocal soft contact lenses
These can be great for correcting vision and can significantly slow progression
- Orthokeratology (sleep lenses)
Specifically designed contact lenses correct your vision while you sleep, without having to wear lenses during the day. These can significantly slow myopia progression.
- Atropine eye drops
These specially formulated eye drops can significantly slow myopia progression, however glasses or contact lenses are also required to correct vision.
Our Optometrist can help you to decide the best and most practical option for you and your child.... read more
Myopia (or short-sightedness) is a common eye condition where distance objects are not seen clearly. It is becoming more prevalent and is now occurring in younger patients.
It's important to help stop or slow the progression of myopia as it can be associated with a higher risk of several eye conditions. These include:
- retinal detachments
- macula changes and glaucoma, and
- potentially permanent vision changes.
There are a number of risk factors that increase the likelihood of becoming short sighted. These include:
- Genetics with the risk of myopia increasing when one of both parents are short sighted
- Increased use of screen-based devices
- Decreased amount of time spent outdoors
Strategies that can help prevent or slow the onset of myopia include:
- Glasses for reading and screen time to reduce strain on eyes (if applicable)
- Significantly reduce time on screens such as iPads and computers, and increase breaks from close up work (20 minutes on/off)
- Increase time spent outdoors (at least 2 hours per day)
Orthokeratology is a contact lens treatment that corrects your vision while you sleep. You simply insert the custom designed rigid contact lenses before you go to sleep at night, remove them in the morning, and wake up with clearer and sharper natural vision.
It is a safe, convenient, non-surgical alternative that allows you to achieve clear vision all day without the use of spectacles or contact lenses. The lenses need to be worn every night to help achieve ongoing clear vision.
Why choose Ortho-k?
Along with the convenience and freedom during the day, ortho-k has been shown to be one of the most effective methods of slowing the progression of short sightedness in children and young adults. This reduces the risk of associated conditions such as glaucoma or retinal changes.
Who is suitable?
The best candidates are those who:
- Would like an alternative to glasses or soft contact lenses
- Are involved in sport
- Work in dusty or dirty environments
They are also a great alternative for people who suffer from dry eyes and cannot wear regular soft contact lenses. Children who have progressive myopia are also excellent candidates, as it can slow the progression of short sightedness. As the lenses are only worn at night, they are only handled at home when a parent can be present and it means that contact lenses or glasses are not required at school.
Factors that influence the effectiveness of Ortho-K:
- Prescription (works best for prescriptions up to 6.00 dioptres of myopia and 2.00 dioptres of astigmatism)
- Corneal shape
- Corneal thickness
The degree of success is high, but the above factors can mean the myopia is reduced but not fully corrected.
What is involved?
Firstly, an appointment with our optometrist is required to assess your suitability for Ortho-K. If you are a suitable candidate, we will make a series of appointments in which insertion, removal, care and handling will be discussed. These appointments will be arranged over the course of a month to assess the fit and progress of the lenses.
To find out more information, please make an appointment with one of our experienced optometrists, who can discuss any further questions you may have.... read more