Myopia is a word we use in optometry to describe short sightedness. A condition which causes the patient to struggle with seeing objects in the distance. Myopia will usually start to affect the patient between the ages of thirteen and twenty. It occurs because the eye continues to grow when it shouldn’t. Signals from the brain encourage growth due to the internal optics of the eye. Due to the increasing numbers of myopia in the UK and World populations, strategies to control have started to become a priority for optometrists.
Unfortunately extreme prescriptions in myopia can lead to serious eye complications later in life, therefore trying to reduce that progression is the fundamental aim of myopia management. The tools which we have to try and control the progression of myopia have been bolstered recently, with a new spectacle lens. It can achieve a 67% reduction in progression of the prescription. Fitting can prove to be simpler than with contact lenses and may allow for more children to be eligible. Ask for more details in practice.
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