What is Myopia Control?
Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, has traditionally been simply an issue that affects your ability to see clearly far away. It is well established that people with myopia are at higher risk of certain ocular health problems, generally in their older age.
Myopia is reaching epidemic proportions worldwide. Driving factors are numerous and include the younger population tending to spend more time focusing on near work, usually on their numerous digital devices. Myopia generally starts in low amounts at a young age and has a tendency to progress into your 20’s where it then usually stabilises naturally. The problem is, by this stage many patients are classified as having high myopia (over -6.00 dioptres), putting them at unacceptable risk levels for developing conditions such as Macular Disease, Retinal Detachment and Glaucoma to mention a few. The higher the myopia, the higher the risk.
There is therefore a relatively new push to address myopia during the patient’s younger years in an attempt to slow down their progression rate, allowing them to eventually stabilise naturally but with a lower amount of overall myopia. This can dramatically improve their risk profile for developing certain diseases in the future.
In order to achieve this Optometrists can use a variety of myopia treatment strategies to help slow down the patient’s rate of progression. These include:
- Orthokeratology contact lenses
- Low dose atropine eye drops
- Multifocal soft contact lenses
- Progressive/ Bifocal spectacles
The Optometrist can discuss everything with you and then customise a treatment plan to suit the patients needs.
Numbers above indicate risk depending on the level of Myopia. Highest risks reflected above are for high myopia from -6.00 to -9.00D.
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