Blur is a disabling problem that can affect education, sporting endeavours and general quality of life.
Myopia, or shortsightedness, is an eye condition that causes far away objects to become blurred and affects in 1 in 5 Australians.
For people of Chinese descent the rate of myopia is much higher. In some East Asian countries up to 90% of high school students develop myopia. The Singapore government goes so far as to post public advertising to help encourage good habits to reduce the level of myopia.
Control over myopia is possible.
Studies have shown that by altering the shape of the image that the myopic eye sees, it is possible to reduce the rate of progression of myopia.
David Stephensen Optometrist provides you and your children with a thorough analysis of your child’s myopia progression. Once this has been established our optometrists can provide you with a treatment plan and information about myopia.
At David Stephensen Optometrist myopia treatment is provided through special bifocal contact lenses, or by reshaping the front of the eye through a process known as orthokeratology or orthoK.
Control over the development of myopia is important as increased levels of myopia can result in:
- retinal detachment – or loss of the nerve layer at the back of the eye
- early onset cataract – increased clouding of the internal lens of the eye
- glaucoma – loss of vision through degeneration of the nerve link between the eye and the brain
- myopic degeneration – a loss of vision through a slow degeneration of the cells that respond to light
Information for Parents.
If your child is developing myopia or is at a high risk of developing myopia there are several key things that you can do for them.
- Regular eye examinations – accurately measuring the level of myopia and charting the rate of progress allows for the targeting of treatment. Remember eye examinations are often bulk-billed to Medicare.
- Keep their spectacles up to date – several studies have demonstrated that the idea of wearing spectacles will make your eyes worse is false. In fact, not wearing spectacles or wearing spectacles that are too weak will increase the rate at which your child’s myopia will progress.
- Deal with experience – David Stephensen Optometrist provides experience in dealing with childhood myopia, and particularly the use of contact lens in children. We know that contact lenses do contain an element of risk, and that infection from contact lenses can lead to further vision loss. At David Stephensen Optometrist we will show you how to best manage this risk should contact lenses be necessary to manage the progression of your child’s myopia. Contact us to arrange a consultation.
- Outdoor time is essential – time is a precious commodity and with all the education pressures in the modern world it is hard to fit everything in. However, regular daily outdoor time has been shown to limit the progression of myopia. Get your children out of their books, video games and close tasks after one hour. Send them outside for the next hour. Remember to slip, slop and slap!