What is more important than your child’s health and wellbeing?
*Sponsored Blog by Simon Falk Eyecare, Oakwood
A hugely significant part of this is the gift of vision.
Have you noticed your child struggling with their eyes, sitting closer to the TV, screwing their eyelids up to see or even complaining of headaches?
If so, your child may be myopic or short sighted.
Myopia is a global concern as the incidence is expected to increase significantly as lifestyles change and children do more close work tasks like digital devices, studying, reading and spending less time outdoors. Currently 30% of the world’s population are myopic and this is expected to increase to 50% by 2050. The more Myopic someone is the more potential there is for eye health issues such as retinal detachment, cataract and glaucoma.
Modern day thinking is if we can reduce the degree of Myopia in children this will help in later life and make things easier for the child on a day-to-day basis.
So, what can be done?
Hoya, following an extensive clinical study in Hong Kong have introduced a safe, easy and effective non-invasive method to manage myopia, it is a specially designed spectacle lens that after a short adaptation period feels just like a conventional pair of glasses. It is called MiYOSMART.
MiYOSMART with D.I.M.S technology is a single vision corrective lens with a surface that is compromised by hundreds of small segments, each providing myopic defocus (blur in the periphery of the lens). The lens structure makes it possible to simultaneously slow the growth of the eyeball but still provide perfectly clear vision.
As children are active the lens needs to be impact resistant to protect their eyes, MiYOSMART uses a polycarbonate material which is hugely impact resistance. It is also thinner, lighter and provides 100 % UV protection. There is a low maintenance multi-layer coating that is easy to clean and durable, making it even more suitable for children to use.
Myopia management techniques are carefully monitored, so once the MiYOSMART lens is supplied it is recommended we see the child 2 weeks after collection and then every 6 months to monitor vision and check fitting and condition of the spectacles.
It is still advised that wearers should spend more time outdoors, if possible, minimum of 90 minutes a day. Studies are showing it is not just the link with reading and other close work tasks but not being physically active and lack of natural outdoor lighting that appears to be stimulating the young eye to grow at an accelerated rate and increasing Myopia.
At Simon Falk Eyecare we fit and supply the Hoya Miyosmart spectacle lenses and other treatments for Myopia management including contact lenses.