Prevent short-sightedness = myopia control
Short-sightedness is a common condition that causes distant objects to appear blurry while close objects appear clear.
Occurring short-sightedness (also known as myopia) is a significant problem for children and adolescents. Having difficulties in seeing distant objects clearly can limit them in their daily activities. Generally, myopia develops progressively after having reached the age of 20.
Example of retinal degradation due to high myopia and simulated vision with myopia.
In recent years, many scientists, physicians, optometrists and opticians have worked intensively on this field executing clinical studies and practical work. Results have made clear that it is possible to stop or significantly slow down the onset of myopia.
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Myopia control: from a scientific perspective
Eyes work hardest while focusing on close objects. In fact, concentrated work in the near range from 20 cm to 60 cm, such as working on a computer, can provoke myopia. Resulting conditions can, if the person is predisposed to it, favour longitudinal changes in eyes. Although these are changes of only a few tenths of a millimetre, the length of the eye then no longer matches the eye’s optics. Since the image being viewed is formed in front of the retina, it becomes blurred. Regarding the fact, that nature directs the growth in favour of the predominant activity, this process is impressive!
The genetic disposition also has an important role to play, since myopia can be inherited. The probability that someone will become short-sighted is about 35% if one parent suffers from myopia. Another important factor affecting myopia is daylight. Ophthalmologists recommend that children play or exercise outside for at least two hours a day to prevent myopia from occurring or progressing. By means of various ophthalmic procedures it is possible to stop or significantly slow down the onset of myopia.
Myopia control: benefits of an early prophylaxis
Especially for children and adolescents, wearing glasses is negatively perceived. Sports, running and playing don’t seem as easy as it is without glasses. If undiagnosed, myopia often negatively affects school achievements.
Medical reasons also speak in favour of stopping or curbing the development of myopia as soon as possible. In fact, myopia usually involves the expansion of the eye in length (longitudinal changes) which causes tension on the retina. As a result, the retina may crack or detach over time. Overall, the risk of retinal diseases increases.
Successful myopia control helps free choice of profession – for example, myopia can become an obstacle when choosing a career as a pilot or police officer. In addition, laser surgery poses a greater risk in cases of high myopia. Myopia control is also a considerable option under these aspects.
In conclusion, short-sightedness is simply inconvenient and annoying in daily life.
Myopia control: ideal procedure and prophylaxis
Orthokeratology is an established method in monitoring myopia. Night lenses are frequently used for treating myopia. Alternatively, soft or special rigid contact lenses can be prescribed. Inserted before going to bed, night lenses are worn at night and removed in the morning after waking up. Night lenses flatten the cornea and decrease or cancel myopia and ensure clear vision.
During the day, no contact lenses or other visual aids are required. Night lenses are highly oxygen permeable. In addition to its positive effects treating myopia, night lenses are recommended to anyone that feels bothered by their visual aid doing sports or working. Further advantages: no dry eyes while working on a computer, no dust particles between the lens and the cornea, no issues related to hay fever.
Due to the special structure of night lenses, irritations on the cornea that can provoke myopia no longer occur. In the long term, ortho-k lenses also reduce the risk of retinal diseases.
Stop myopia – with bifocal contact lenses
Bifocal contact lenses (not to be confused with contact lenses for presbyopia) can also prevent the progression of myopia. Bifocal lenses only treat the central part of the cornea – the peripheral vision will not be corrected. It has been observed, that this method can prevent longitudinal changes of the eye and therefore stop myopia. In fact, night lenses have the same effect. For this reason, this procedure is called myopia control. With both night and bifocal contact lenses, corneal curvature can be treated
Use of glasses for myopia control
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