The myopia population is growing, with more than 2.7 billion people estimated to have myopia in 2030. By 2050, half of the population is estimated to be myopic. This is a growing trend with changing lifestyles as more time is spent on near activities. There is also a growing prevalence of myopia in children.
At Infocus Opticians we are delighted to announce that we have successfully completed the Myopia Management Training Programme for MiYOSMART and are hereby accredited to provide MiYOSMART lenses. MiYOSMART lenses are award-winning and clinically proven solution for myopia management.
What is Myopia?
You may have noticed your child struggling to see clearly at a distance, perhaps making it harder to concentrate at school or not enjoying play-time as much. Your child may have myopia, or near-sightedness. Light rays focus in front of the retina instead of on the retina in a myopic eye. Myopia is becoming more prevalent as our lifestyle changes, with children taking part in more near-work activities like using digital devices, studying, reading and spending less time outdoors. Hereditary, behavioural and environmental factors also play a part. Being able to have your child’s myopia diagnosed early not only corrects their vision now but can help slow the progression of myopia and preserve their vision and eye health for the future. We know that slowing progression of Myopia we can significantly reduce the incidence of conditions such as Retinal Detachment, Maculopathy and Glaucoma in later life.
In 2012, Hoya worked with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to develop a technology to slow down myopia progression using the defocus theory. This technology is the Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (D.I.M.S.). It has recently become available to Irish eye care practitioners. It has been proven in a 2-year clinical wearer trial to have slowed down myopia progression by almost 60%. MiYOSMART incorporates the D.I.M.S. technology to offer wearers a non-invasive and effective myopia control solution, targeted at myopic children and teenagers.
MiYOSMART lenses are a new non-invasive myopia management solution. It is safe and convenient as they are just like wearing ordinary spectacle lenses. The lenses provide the vision correction so your child will experience comfortable vision for both near and distance vision. All this whilst also working to reduce the progression of their short-sightedness. They are easy to adapt to and are suitable for full time daily wear for a wide range of activities.
CARING FOR YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH
Some points to remember:
* Do more outdoor activities Spend more time outdoors, minimum 1 hour a day.
* Regular and comprehensive eye examinations Having regular eye examinations to ensure that myopia or other vision problems are detected and treated early, reducing worsening of vision, myopia progression and potential complications of high myopia.
* Take breaks from long intensive screen time or handheld devices Correct positioning of equipment such as monitors
* Take note of ergonomics, such as proper lighting, posture and, keeping the recommended working distance which are very important to keep your eyes healthy while doing the near work.
For more information on MiyoSMART, please contact us and we will be more than happy to discuss myopia management with you.