Here at Optimeyes Optometry, we are dedicated to caring for patients who have myopia (nearsightedness)

Myopia, makes it difficult to see objects far away. It is caused when the light entering the eye is focused in front of the retina instead of on it.

  • Risk factors for myopia development include genetics, long periods of close work and longer periods spent indoors rather than outdoors.
  • Myopia is a disease with serious ocular consequences as you get older – glaucoma, retinal detachments and myopic macular degeneration (MMD) are some of the primary concerns.
  • The cost implication long term is significant due to loss of income due to serious eye conditions.
  • Many people assume that if a child’s parents do not have myopia that their children are not at risk. Although parental myopia does place children at higher risk, we are seeing children who are developing myopia at younger and younger ages with no family history.
  • Treatment includes the use of various designs of Soft Contact lenses, Orthokeratology, Spectacle lenses and Vision Therapy.
  • Myopia has been identified by the World Health Organisation as being at epidemic proportions.
  • The rates of myopia worldwide in 2000 were 22%, this rate is predicted to rise to 33% in 2020 and 49% in 2050.

Myopia control has been offered by our optometrist Carolyn McIlvin for many years. The use of only distance vision glasses or contact lenses is no longer considered the treatment of choice and in fact is recognised to increase the rate of myopia progression.

It is important to have all children assessed annually and certainly as soon as there is any mention of visual discomfort, not necessarily just distance blurred vision.

Infographic: Myopia Facts

For more information about myopia the following links may prove useful.

http://www.myopiaprevention.org

https://globalmyopiacentre.org

https://ourchildrensvision.org

If you are experiencing trouble seeing objects that far away, don’t hesitate to contact us today at 02 9982 1039