What is myopia?
Myopia is the medical term for short-sightedness, when the eyeball is too long or too powerful, causing objects in the distance to look blurred. Generally once you have myopia your prescription changes over time, in particular during childhood as the eye develops. If a child is myopic, they are at risk of their vision deteriorating quickly. Not only does this mean reliance on strong glasses, higher levels of myopia are also linked to an increased risk of developing eye diseases such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, macular degeneration and cataract in later life.
What is Myopia Management?
Myopia Management (also referred to as Myopia Control) aims to slow the progression of myopia in children through the use of specialised contact lenses. At Feltham Eyecare Centre Mohamed Kasmani has undergone extensive training in myopia management including the fitting of contact lenses to provide the latest options available based on up to date research, which has found Myopia Management contact lenses can slow the progression of myopia by up to 50%.
How do the contact lenses work?
Myopia Management contact lenses are designed to correct your child’s vision by slowing the process of elongation and enlargement of the eyeball. At Feltham Eyecare Centre we use Orthokeratology (lenses that are worn only when asleep ) and MiSight Daily Contact Lenses by Coopervision (specially designed daily soft contact lenses) as our preferred methods for myopia management. We also offer other Multifocal Contact Lenses as an alternative,
As the name suggests fitting OrthoKeratology or MiSight lenses cannot completely halt the progression, however the aim is that by the time your child reaches adulthood their prescription will be significantly less than it would have been if their myopia was left untreated, reducing their risk of serious eye disease in later life.
As a high myopic patient himself Mohamed Kasmani has a passion to help reduce the progression of Myopia, indeed if such methods for managing his myopia were available when his prescription started to develop Mr Kasmani would have jumped at the change for myopia management intervention.
To find out more about myopia management please contact us.
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