Myopia, or short-sightedness, is caused by the eye being slightly longer than necessary, we use glasses or contact lenses to correct the focus and ensure clear vision. Typically we become myopic whilst we are growing- either as a teenager or a child. Myopic adults will recognise the pattern of needing stronger glasses regularly throughout their growing years.
Studies show that myopia is increasing worldwide and each generation is getting more myopic than their parents.
Being myopic carries a significant increase in risk of many eye conditions- glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinal detachment to name a few. This increase (or progression) of myopia has been studied now for decades and we have some answers as to why it happens and what we can do to slow it down, reducing the risk of eye disease and vision loss in later life.
Myopia Management is the term we use for a variety of strategies to slow down the progression of myopia. These vary from lifestyle advice to contact lenses and spectacle lenses specifically designed, and clinically proven, to reduce progression by as much as 60%!
Morven has been active in this area of optometry for a number of years now, she is passionate about being able to help her young patients. She says 'Myopia management is so important because the interventions I make now can have a massive positive impact on the health of my young patients for the rest of their lives!'
Research in this area is very active and we learn new things regularly- by having an optometrist who specialises in myopia management you can be sure you always get the best advice.
MiSight a unique myopia management contact lens design has 6 years of clinical studies behind it, showing an average reduction in progression of 60%.
Morven is currently the only accredited optometrist in Glasgow to fit MiyoSmart- an ingenious spectacle lens for myopia management, designed and intensively studied at the University of Hong Kong, showing 60% reduction in progression over a 2 year period.
Studies are ongoing to discover new ways to help, a study is currently running at Glasgow Caledonian University. Morven will advise if your child fits the eligibility criteria, and explain what is involved.
There are some good habits to get into that protect against progression of myopia, including increasing time outdoors and managed patterns of reading, including all digital devices!