Myopia control

A lot of research is currently being done on ways to slow down or prevent myopia (short sight) from getting worse.

Myopia usually develops in school age children and usually gets worse as the child grows and develops.

Some people develop myopia in their early 20's, though they usually don't progress as much as those that develop it as a child.

Family history is important: If one or both parents have moderate to high myopia (ie. greater than -4.00) that increases the risk of a child developing myopia.

There are some things which help prevent myopia development in children:

  • Orthokeratology
  • Bifocal soft contact lenses
  • Atropine eye drops
  • Peripheral defocus spectacles
  • Bifocal glasses
  • Progressive glasses
  • Greater exposure to daylight (ie more time spent outside)

The different effects of the above myopia control treatments can be seen using this online calculator:

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