Myopia or short-sightedness causes blurry vision in the distance.
Increased short sightedness is connected with a number of more serious eye problems in later life such as retinal detachment, cataract, glaucoma & maculopathy. As short sightedness increases, the chances for these conditions increases.
At Belper Opticians we are proud to be able to offer a variety of treatments for short sightedness including MiSight Contact lenses & the new Hoya Miyosmart spectacles lenses.
Why does myopia occur?
Genetic history (e.g. one or both parents being short sighted)
Less time spent outdoors & prolonged near work
Can anything be done to stop Myopia?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for myopia as such, but there are options which have proven to be successful in slowing down the rate of progression for myopia.
Myopia management options & programme at Louth Vision Centre
MiSight Contact Lenses
Daily disposable soft contact lenses that are worn for 10 hours each day
Soft and comfortable to wear and suitable for children
Control the peripheral retina using dual focus to reduce progression of myopia.
MiYOSMART Glasses lenses
Help control the focus on the peripheral retina, and to slow progression of short sightedness in children by 50-60%
Are the lenses thicker/ heavier than normal lenses?
No, the lenses are made from polycarbonate material which is actually a very light material, thinner than standard lenses and impact resistant. An anti-reflection finish is included as standard.
Are there exercises in addition to the glasses?
No, we will provide lifestyle recommendations that can benefit such as minimising close work and increasing outdoor activity
How long will these specialised lenses be needed for?
While the myopia is still progressing, these lenses would still be prescribed, on average this would normally be until around age of 18, when myopia progression tends to slow down. However depending on lifestyle (e.g. more reading due to studying) the lenses may be needed into early 20’s.
How would you monitor / assess the progress?
A combination of eye exams every 6 months and questionnaires that are filled out at home. We would produce a “projection of myopia” during the initial consultation and we would refer back to this at each visit to ensure the lenses & treatment were working etc.
How do the lenses work to slow down the progression of myopia?
Research suggests that the peripheral retinal image encourages myopia to increase. The lenses blur the peripheral image to therefore stop myopia increasing. We will provide an explanation of this when you have your initial consultation.