Myopia Control

What is Myopia?

Myopia (short-sightedness) is a common problem. If you are short sighted you will struggle to see objects that are far away but won’t necessarily struggle to see things from a close distance. Traditionally patients with myopia are prescribed glasses or contact lenses to give the clearest possible vision. Myopia tends to develop through childhood, but can also commonly occur between ages 16 and 25.

Risks Associated with Myopia

Patients with myopia, particularly those with a strong prescription, are more at risk of developing many eye conditions. These include retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy and glaucoma.

Why Does Myopia Occur?

A combination of factors.

  • Genetics (having myopic parents)
  • Large amounts of prolonged near work
  • Lack of time spent outdoors. Myopia tends to develop through childhood, but can also commonly occur between ages 16 and 25.

Are there any treatments available?

There is no cure as such for myopia, however there are options available which have been proven successful in reducing the rate of progression of myopia. Less myopia means less chance of sight threatening conditions developing in later life!

  • The new Hoya Miyosmart spectacle lens has been proven to help control the focus on the peripheral retina, and to slow progression of short sightedness in children by 50-60%.
  • MiyoSight Daily disposable contact Lenses use similar principles to help control focus on the peripheral retina to slow progression of short-sightedness & are worn for 10 hours a day & suitable for children
  • Increase time outdoors & less prolonged near work

Our Myopia Management Program at Louth Vision Centre

At Louth Vision Centre we are able to offer a myopia management plan, using the Hoya Miyosmart spectacle lens. This is considered a medical treatment as it is designed to affect the growth of the eyes, we take precise measurements and regularly monitor the health and growth of the eyes during specialist appointments with our specialist accredited optometrists.

What are the costs of the Myopia Management Program?

Myopia management doesn’t currently receive NHS funding but we are able to offer this program as a private service.

We’ve bundled the assessments, product cost and aftercare into a convenient monthly fee of £26.50 by direct debit.

This price covers unlimited aftercare as well as replacement lenses if the prescription does change.

Alternatively if you prefer we can explore contact lens options such as the MiSight Contact lenses by Coopervision, for further information contact us on 01773825614 or email info@louthvisioncentre.com

Frequently asked Questions regarding Miyosmart Myopia Management Lenses

Are the lenses thicker or heavier than normal lenses?

No, the lenses are made of “polycarbonate” which is lighter, thinner and more impact resistant than standard lenses. An anti-reflective coating is included as standard with these lenses.

Will I need to do exercises as well as wear glasses?

No exercises do not help with slowing down myopia. We will however recommend lifestyle changes such as reducing near work which can assist with slowing down myopia.

Will these specialised lenses be needed forever?

The lenses would be needed whilst the myopia is still progressing. This tends to be till the age of 18, when myopia progression slows down. However due to lifestyle e.g. studying, sometimes these lenses may be needed up to the age of 25.

How would you monitor the progress?

We would monitor progress with eye examinations every 6 months and also use questionnaires. We can chart the progress and ensure we are achieving the results expected.

How does it work to slow down the progression of myopia?

Research suggests that it’s the peripheral retinal image that encourages short sightedness to increase. The lenses aim to blur the peripheral vision with little effect to the wearer. We can explain this further during your initial consultation.