myopia control on the BBC

The BBC World Service’s CrowdScience website has a couple of interesting pieces about Short-sightedness and myopia control.

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The link below is to a video that they have produced showing some of the measures that are being used in Singapore to try and reduce childhood Myopia.

Singapore’s measures to reduce short-sightedness

This is a clip from the longer podcast

Are Screens Bad For My Child’s Eyes

 

I am a big advocate of the benefits of natural light  and in reducing screen time and  I have been very proactive in telling my young patients to try and get at least 14 hrs per week outside but as any parent know it is very difficult for a teenager (and often even younger) to be parted from their smart phones/tablets/laptops.

 

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When I speak to my young patients who are doing lots of studying about what they do when they take a break from the revision or homework –  almost all of them tell me that they will go straight on some form of  social media – this may be a mental break from the Battle of Passchendaele or from conjugating Latin verbs but it will not give the eyes a rest. 

 

They do look very skeptical when I suggest that a break should be going outside – without their devices. I have had one parent suggest to me that they feel it would take surgical removal to take away the phone from their 15 year old child.

 

Currently Atropine is not licensed for myopia control use in the UK. But as has been mentioned in previous blog posts  we do use OrthoKeratology  how do you solve a problem like myopia 

and the new mi-Sight soft contact lens  miSight Myopia Control options for Myopia control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

miSight Myopia Control

At eyelines we have been using overnight Ortho-K contact lenses for myopia control for a number of years with great success.

However overnight contact lens wear is not for everyone.

 

CooperVision have recently launched the first soft contact lens proven to slow the progression of myopia.

 

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CooperVision MiSight 1 day – are daily disposable lenses that are suitable for myopic children as young as 8 years old.

 

MiSight lenses have been shown to reduce myopia progression by nearly 60%.\

 

Natural daylight has been shown to help as well – At least 14 hours per week spent outside will reduce the progression of myopia.

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Slowing the progression of myopia has long term benefits for the health of the eyes. High level myopic eyes are at greater risk of developing Glaucoma and Retinal detachments and can develop cataracts at an earlier age than normal.

 

If you are interested in finding out more about MiSight lenses or any form of Myopia Control then contact the practice