Short sightedness or “myopia” rates are increasing rapidly and we are seeing more and more patients with myopia.
Myopia usually increases from a young age gradually until early adulthood.
Previously there was not much we can do about this besides give glasses which were stronger and stronger until the prescription stabilised.
Increasing myopia causes not just increased blur without correction but causes much more long term complications such as higher rates of cataracts, macular degeneration and retinal detachment.
Thankfully with years of intensive research there are various management options which have been proven to slow down the progression dramatically.
These treatment may be undertaken from a very young to reduce the rate of progression dramatically.
– Changing habits: The optometrist will discuss visual habits such as prolonged near work and spending more time outside which can drastically reduce the progression of myopia
– Soft contact lenses: Spectacle Hub have access to specialised soft contact lenses which have a great ability to slow down myopia progression. These are mainly daily contact lenses which are great for children as lens hygiene maintenance is much simpler and safer
– Orthokeratology: As discussed above this specialised contact lens technique not only means the wearer has their vision corrected throughout the day but is actually one of the most effective techniques to slow down myopia
– Atropine drops: The optometrists at Spectacle Hub can prescribe a low dosage of atropine eye drops which have been proven to slow down the progression of myopia effectively and quickly. The treatment involves one drop, once a night. There are rarely any symptoms that come with it and usually the drops can be delivered straight to the patient.