About Myopia Control
Learn how new methods are reducing or eliminating the need for glasses.
Myopia is more commonly called “near-sightedness”, or “short-sightedness”. Myopia is the most common eye problem, and is estimated to affect 1.5 billion people (22% of the global population).
According to Holden et al.:
although myopia has often been referred to as a ‘simple’ refractive error, even in lower amounts it enhances the risk of serious eye disorders such as retinal detachment, cataract, and glaucoma. More urgently perhaps, high myopia is emerging as the major cause of blindness in some Asian countries
Due to recent advances, eye doctors can now provide treatments that can slow or halt the progression of myopia. The application of these techniques is known as “myopia control”.
A simple part of myopia control can be changing habits, such as spending more time outdoors, and less time looking at nearby things such as mobile devices and books.
Four types of treatment are commonly used for controlling myopia:
- Atropine eye drops
- Multifocal contact lenses
- Orthokeratology (“ortho-k”)
- Multifocal eyeglasses
To learn if you or your child might benefit from myopia control, please speak with your local optometrist.