DID YOU KNOW THAT MYOPIA HAPPENS WHEN CHILDRENS EYES GROW MORE THAN THEY SHOULD? WHEN THIS PROCESS DOESN’ T STOP WE CALL IT MYOPIA PROGRESSION.
Playing, working, reading, discovering the world …. Did you know that more than 80% of children’s learning occurs through vision? Myopia can seriously impact your child’s eyesight and life. More children are getting myopia at a younger age – partly due to a rise in the use of digital devices and an increasing amount of time spent indoors focused on near activities. The younger a child develops myopia, the further it evolves and the higher it becomes.
DON’T JUST CORRECT MYOPIA, CHOOSE TO CONTROL IT
Today most myopic children are wearing standard ophthalmic lenses. These lenses correct myopia and allow children to see clearly. However, their myopia is still worsening. This means that as children grow, their myopia may progress, requiring stronger prescriptions. The more the correction grows the more they are dependent on their glasses.
This also means the risk of becoming highly myopic and developing complications increases.
High myopia is a major concern nowadays, affecting children’s daily lives as well as their development.
The good news is that today, with Stellest™ lenses, it’s possible to control their myopia progression from an early age. This is a major and a crucial choice for our children, because the earlier you control their myopia progression, the less their vision will be impacted.
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MORE TIME OUTSIDE LESS TIME SPENT DOING NEAR ACTIVITIES!
While myopia is likely to increase during these growth years, there is now clear evidence to show that the rate of progression can be slowed for many children, significantly reducing the lifelong risks to eye health. Increasing the number of hours spent outside in early childhood (ideally before myopic onset) has been shown to reduce the risk of onset of myopia. This is thought to be due to the cumulative effect of daylight on the eye, helping to strengthen the eyeball, along with the requirement of the eyes to look at a greater distance when outdoors. Reduce the numbers of hours spent at near activities or on digital devices to a minimum.
CAN MYOPIA PROGRESSION BE STOPPED?
“Myopia (short sight) Control”, is the term used to describe solutions like Essilor Stellest™ Lenses that slow the progression of short-sightedness in children. Myopia typically starts during childhood or adolescent years and increases as the eyes continue to grow. With increased levels of myopia, the risks of conditions like retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy, cataract, and Glaucoma increase. It is believed that by 2050, 1 in every 2 people in the world will be short-sighted. Myopia control spectacle lenses have been proven to slow the progression of short sightedness in children.
A recent clinical trial showed that Essilor® Stellest™ lenses slow down myopia progression by 67% on average, compared to single vision lenses, when worn 12 hours a day.*
Get in touch today to discuss the options of Myopia Control for your child or book an eye examination.
* Compared to single vision lenses, when worn by children at least 12 hours per day every day. Bao, J., Huang, Y., Li, X., Yang, A., Zhou, F., Wu, J., Wang, C., Li, Y., Lim, E.W., Spiegel, D.P., Drobe, B., Chen, H., 2022. Spectacle Lenses With Aspherical Lenslets for Myopia Control vs Single-Vision Spectacle Lenses: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Ophthalmol. 140(5), 472–478. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2022.0401