• Myopia management refers to methods of reducing the rate of progression of myopia.

  • Myopia, or as it is commonly known shortsightedness, is one of the most common eye disorders in the world and is due to the elongation of the eyeball as the child grows.

  • The prevalence of myopia has doubled in the last thirty years alone.

  • The younger a child is when they become myopic the faster they will progress and the more myopic they will become.

  • Myopia management matters for your child’s lifelong eye health. The higher the myopia the more risk of developing cataract, glaucoma, retinal detachment, maculopathy and potentially blindness.

 

Children are more likely to have faster progression of their myopia:

  • if they have one or both parents with myopia

  • lack of outdoor play (at least 90 minutes daily is recommended)

  • high electronic device usage

 

Myopia Management Options:

 

  • Multifocal contact lenses: This requires the fitting of soft disposable contact lenses that are worn during the day.

  • Orthokeratology(OrthoK): This involves the use of very specialised contact lenses that are worn overnight allowing patients to discontinue the use of daytime glasses and contact lenses.

  • Atropine therapy: This method requires the use of drops in the eyes daily for at least two years.

 

The options mentioned above have similar rates of myopia reduction and all require regular monitoring and review.

 

To determine which option is best for your child will require full consideration of the pros and cons of each. Please call 9817 2700 make an appointment with either Carole or Daniela to discuss these further.

Myopia Management

ABN 82 609 449 005 Anjou & Scalora Optometrists Pty Ltd