Short-sightedness is the common term for myopia - a common eye condition which means distant objects are blurred, and those close to are clearer. It's common in all ages, but while it presently affects around 80 million children worldwide, it's set to increase sharply by 2050. Onset of myopia is also getting younger - in 1983 it was 11 years old, in 2000 8 years old.

Symptoms to look out for -

  • Complaints of headaches or tired eyes.

  • Difficulty seeing even if at the front of the classroom.

  • Not able to see in the distance.

  • Blinking excessively.

  • Sitting too close to the TV or the screen.

  • Holding books very close while reading.

  • Rubbing eyes frequently.

  • Squinting.

There are two mains causes of myopia -

  • Genetics - if one or both parents are myopic the risk increases.

  • Behavioural - performing prolonged tasks close too, such as gaming, reading, or screen work. Mobile phones held very close to the face. Low levels of outdoor activity. Poor lighting levels.

We can prescribe standard glasses or contact lenses which will help the myopic patient see clearly, but they won't effect the progression of myopia. Myopic patients are also at higher risk of retinal detachments and cataracts.

If however you would like to slow the progression of your child's myopia, we can fit them with a contact lens which is proven to reduce the rate of myopia progression by an amazing 50 - 60%. Speak to your optometrist and ask about myopia control with  * MiSight *  Contact Lenses.

We also offer spectacle lenses for Myopia control. These must be fitted by a qualified dispensing optician and incorporate technology which has clinically proven effectiveness in slowing down the progression of Myopia. These glasses can be worn instead of, or in conjunction with MiSight contact lenses. Ask your Optometrist or Dispensing Optician for details.