Kids Tug of War

Don’t stand by while your child’s glasses get thicker every year due to myopia.

Myopia or short sightedness is a disease which causes blurry distance vision while near vision remains clear. It usually begins in childhood and gets worse throughout school years.

In a normally sighted eye, light is focused directly on the central retina in the back of the eye. However in a myopic eye the eyeball grows too long causing light to become focussed in front of the retina which makes distance vision blurry. Glasses and contact lenses only correct the symptom of myopia – blurry distance vision, by moving the focal point of the eye back onto the retina. Of course, it is better to prevent myopia or at least limit how much it worsens in childhood because myopia may significantly increase the risk of glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment and macula degeneration. And these serious retinal problems later in life that can cause permanent vision loss.

There are now treatments including custom contact lenses and prescription eye drops that can slow or stop the progression of myopia in children. Like regular contact lenses, myopia control contact lenses correct myopia by focussing light on the central retina. What is different though is how they affect light that strikes the outer retina - these peripheral light rays don’t affect the clarity of vision but it appears they influence the risk of myopia progression. Regular glasses and contacts that only correct myopia cause light rays to come to a focus behind the peripheral retina. Research shows that this may increase the risk of myopia getting worse. Myopia control contact lenses on the other hand cause these light rays to come to a focus in front of the peripheral retina. This has been shown to slow the progression of myopia in children. In addition to customised contact lens options, prescription eye drops have also been shown to reduce the progression of myopia. After a comprehensive eye examination and evaluation, Shannon will recommend a treatment option that is best for your child.

A number of studies have shown that these contact lens options and prescription eye drops can significantly reduce the progression of myopia in children compared to the myopia that children who wore regular glasses or regular contact lenses developed over time. Myopic kids treated by one of these methods experienced between 50 and 90 % less progression in their myopia. The amount of myopia control experienced by children in these studies depended on age, the amount of myopia they had when the studies began and other factors. If your child is myopic, Outlook Eye Centre offers an alternative to standing by while their vision deteriorates every year while their myopia progresses.

We would love to help you, for more information, please call us at Outlook Eye Centre on 46358844.