Myopia Management

The World Council of Optometry has announced that it is an obligation of Optometrists to mitigate, measure and manage myopia, this is our mission and passion.

If your child is myopic (also referred to as being short-sighted) or if you are concerned that this could be a risk for them, there are new ways in which their vision and overall eye health can now be managed.

We have a wider range of methods now available at the practice to assist you in looking after the long term eye health of your family.

We are ambassadors for myopia management and are proud to be contributors to Myopia Focus, one of the UK’s first group of professionals trying to raise awareness and campaign for better national recognition of myopia for the wellbeing of the future generations.

Background on myopia

Myopia has increased globally over the last few decades and by 2050 it is predicted that 50% of the entire world’s population will be myopic.

If you are myopic yourself, you may know and may well have experienced, that myopia often begins in childhood when the eyes are growing. In fact, it is the length of the eyeball known as the ‘axial length’ which determines myopia onset and progression.

If the eye keeps lengthening, then myopia continues to progress which in turn, drives the prescription to increase. The spectacle prescription then gets stronger, more reliance on glasses occurs and the risk of developing eye health issues later in life increases due to the size of the eye itself. We can now measure axial length at the practice using our new instrument, the Myopia Expert 700.

In science, research has been going on for decades now and we have finally reached a very exciting and important point now, where we have access to a growing array of methods to attempt to “manage" myopia as it emerges.

myopia is common in children
Myopia in children

Background on myopia

Myopia has increased globally over the last few decades and by 2050 it is predicted that 50% of the entire world’s population will be myopic.

If you are myopic yourself, you may know and may well have experienced, that myopia often begins in childhood when the eyes are growing. In fact, it is the length of the eyeball known as the ‘axial length’ which determines myopia onset and progression.

If the eye keeps lengthening, then myopia continues to progress which in turn, drives the prescription to increase. The spectacle prescription then gets stronger, more reliance on glasses occurs and the risk of developing eye health issues later in life increases due to the size of the eye itself. We can now measure axial length at the practice using our new instrument, the Myopia Expert 700.

In science, research has been going on for decades now and we have finally reached a very exciting and important point now, where we have access to a growing array of methods to attempt to “manage" myopia as it emerges.

What options do I have access to for my child?

2021 has seen the launch of the first 2 clinically trialled spectacle lenses with significant possibilities to slow axial length growth rate and in turn, reduce the rate of myopia progression. At our practice we are accredited to measure for and dispense both the Essilor Stellest lens as well as the Hoya MiYoSmart lens.

This means that by adopting a suitable method to try to “manage" myopia, ongoing treatment means that the final prescription could be lower than it would be if there was no intervention.

Having spectacle lenses as an available method of treatment means that any aged child can now access a method to attempt to manage their myopia, no matter how young. This is beneficial since treatments are generally more effective and successful the sooner they can start.

We also fit myopia management contact lenses, MiSight from Coopervision so as your child grows a combination of spectacles and contact lenses can still be adopted and all the while the myopia management treatment is happening.

Other methods can also be adopted such as Orthokeratology but are not yet offered at Richard Petrie Optometrists.

How do you monitor myopia and what if it changes?

Myopia management techniques do not guarantee to slow, stop or reverse myopia for anyone, but on average they can work for some children with minimal complications and no side effects.

We now have the Myopia Expert 700 installed at our practice which is a diagnostic tool to measure axial length. We now measure the length of the eye at regular points and can accurately monitor and measure progression.

This is key in being able to take precision measurements and track progress of your child’s eye growth, and future eye health.

Children offer suffer with myopia management
myopia management

How do you monitor myopia and what if it changes?

Myopia management techniques do not guarantee to slow, stop or reverse myopia for anyone, but on average they can work for some children with minimal complications and no side effects.

We now have the Myopia Expert 700 installed at our practice which is a diagnostic tool to measure axial length. We now measure the length of the eye at regular points and can accurately monitor and measure progression.

This is key in being able to take precision measurements and track progress of your child’s eye growth, and future eye health.

Please call us to discuss options or get in contact. Initial assessment £77 (assessment complimentary for existing plan members).

  • We have a wider range of methods now available at the practice to assist you in looking after the long-term eye health of your family.
    • Initial assessment £77 (assessment complimentary for existing plan members).
      • The myopia management direct debit plan costs £45 per month which includes:
      Axial length measurement with Myopia Expert 700 and plotting progression data for each child at least every 6 months (more frequently if required)
      • Optomap retinal imaging
      • Stellest or MiYoSmart spectacle lenses (included in the monthly fee)
      • Follow up telephone consultation 2 weeks after initial collection
      • 1 prescription change included within a 12 month period if the prescription changes by 0.75ds or more (identified at the eye examination)
      • £40 off frames and all adjustments as needed
      • Accidental damage cover when complete pair purchased (new frames and lenses)
      • Emergency appointments included

If you want to know more, visit our partner’s website Myopia Focus

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