What is Myopia?
Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, is a common eye condition which is thought to affect 1 in 3 people in the UK1. For people with myopia, distant objects appear blurry and nearby objects are clear. Myopia usually begins in children between during childhood and teenage years and progresses as the eye grows, but can occur at any age. If both parents are short-sighted, there is a 50% chance that their child will also be short-sighted2.
As with most health concerns, the earlier the condition is spotted and treatment begins, the smaller the chance of developing more serious conditions such as retinal detachment or glaucoma which can cause significant loss of vision, and can even lead to blindness.
To tackle the rise of myopia, we offer a range of specially designed products which, based on research results, could help with the development or progression of myopia.
In the UK, the prevalence of myopia in children aged between 10-16 years has more than doubled over the last 50 years.3
Around 1 in 3 people in the UK are
By 2050 it is estimated that 50% of the world’s population will be short-sighted, a fifth of whom will be at high risk of sight-threatening conditions as a result.4
Myopia Management at Silverberg Opticians
There is currently no cure for Myopia but there are a number of things which may affect your child`s development of Myopia. These include: regular eye examinations; spending time outdoors; and taking regular breaks from near vision tasks or digital screens.
In recent years there has also been exciting new developments in contact lens and spectacle lens technology which have been demonstrated to slow the progression of Myopia in their own respective research studies.
We are proud to offer the below myopia management options for our patients.
Ortho-K Contact Lenses
These are rigid gas permeable contact lenses that are worn overnight while you sleep. During this time they reshape the cornea to allow clear vision throughout the day.
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Daily Contact Lenses
Comfortable, convenient and easy to use, we offer daily disposable soft contact lenses which are worn throughout the day for clear vision.
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Launched in 2021, MiYOSMART® spectacle lenses feature a dedicated Myopia treatment zone and are a convenient alternative to contact lenses.
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2. Mew-May Wu M, Edwards MH. The Effect of Having Myopic Parents: An Analysis of Myopia in Three Generations. Optometry and Vision Science. 1999 Jun 1;76(6):387–92
3. McCullough SJ, O’Donoghue L, Saunders KJ (2016) Six Year Refractive Change among White Children and Young Adults: Evidence for Significant Increase in Myopia among White UK Children. PLoS ONE 11(1)
4. Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, Jong M, Naidoo KS, Sankaridurg P, Wong TY, Naduvilath TJ, Resnikoff S, Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050, Ophthalmology, May 2016,123(5), 1036–1042. . Holden BA, Fricke TR, Wilson DA, Jong M, Naidoo KS, Sankaridurg P, Wong TY, Naduvilath TJ, Resnikoff S, Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050, Ophthalmology, May 2016,123(5), 1036–1042