Myopia Control – Your Questions Answered!
What is myopia
Do you a have a child who is becoming increasingly more short sighted or myopic here are the facts.
A growing body of evidencesuggests that genetics (myopic parents) along with behavioural and lifestyle influences (education and environment) are contributing to the significant increase in myopia we have seen over the last decade. We know that having a low level of outdoor activity and spending prolonged periods of time on near tasks such as reading and looking at portable devices increase the risk and progression rate of myopia.
Step 1 – Lifestyle Management
- If your child is myopic in order to reduce the rate of progression encourage them to spend as much time outdoors as possible (being a parent of 2 girls in Ireland where it seems to rain relentlessly, I know how difficult this is). The recommended amount is 2 hours of outdoor play a day to prevent myopia progression.
- Manage or reduce the amount of time spent doing near tasks, outside of school hours such as reading and using tablets and iPads. Limit time spent focusing on near tasks to 20 minutes at a time.
Step 2 – Prevention
Cooper Vision Misight contact lens is the worlds first soft contact lens proven to significantly slow the progression of myopia in children, thus lowering the risk of myopia- related sight threatening conditions in later life.
Cooper Visions Misight contact lenses use ActivControl technology utilises dual zones for myopia management and correction.
It is preferred by 9:1 children over spectacles.
Proven to reduce myopia by up to 59% after 3 years of wear in children.