Myopia control lenses
What is Myopia?
Myopia, or short-sightedness, means that distance objects are blurred and it is corrected by either glasses or contact lenses.
When people become myopic they generally find that it increases over the years, normally stopping in your 20s. The younger you are when you first become myopic the worse it will likely be before it stops. In some cases it can continue to progress throughout your life.
Whilst stronger lenses, and poorer sight without glasses are an inconvenience myopia also can cause significant damage to your vision. We now know that children are becoming myopic younger, and more people are myopic than ever before. In the next 30 years it is estimated that there will be 5 billion myopes worldwide. This has been likened to the crisis of obesity, and left unchecked could have a devastating impact on our children's future.
There are both genetic and environmental risk factors for myopia. If you have a parent, or parents who are myopic your risk is much higher. Spending too much time indoors increases your risk also.
Listen to our Clinical Services Manager, Morven Campbell, discuss myopia with John Beattie on Radio Scotland.
How we can help:
Black & Lizars is one of the first Optometrists in the UK to pioneer the fitting of Myopia management contact lenses. These lenses have been clinically proven to reduce the progression of myopia by up to 60%. Remember, there is no 'right' age for contact lenses, we are experienced in fitting very young children and will guide you through the process.
Myopia control contact lenses not only optically correct existing myopia, giving clear distance and near vision, but have also been proven to slow the progression of myopia in most children by up to 60%. The benefits of this can be lifelong.
They do this by having a different focus in the periphery of the lens.
I can forget all the fuss of wearing glasses and be able to see perfectly when I do sport. Eva, age 12
Benefits of myopia management:
Reducing the amount of myopia taken into adulthood lowers the risk of eye diseases such as retinal detachment and glaucoma. Currently myopia is the 3rd leading cause of vision loss.
There are two lens options for myopia management:
- Soft, daily disposable lens, which means no cleaning and fresh lenses every day. (MiSight)
- Hard lenses worn overnight to gently reshape the cornea, these have the benefit of not having to wear any lenses or glasses during the day. (Ortho-K)
Read Rosie and Eva's blog to discover how they are benefiting from Myopia management lenses:
The efficacy of the lens, its comfort and safety properties, and its expert design means that I can offer my patients something new and exciting in that I can correct their vision and reduce the chances of myopic pathology in later life. Graham Freeman, Optometrist, Black & Lizars Giffnock
Myopia control lenses are available at various Black & Lizars practices across Scotland. The benefits of Myopia control lenses are more effective when the patient is younger. The sooner a patient is fitted with lenses, the more effective.
Come and speak to us about your child's vision, we will be happy to discuss which option would be right for you.