Myopia (short- or near-sightedness) affects many school-aged children and is fast becoming a major public health issue of our time. It is estimated that the current number of 2 billion people (2010) with the condition will grow to a staggering 2.6 billion by 2020 and 4.8 billion by 2050. The onset of myopia at an early age brings with it the likelihood of life-long eye care, there is a significantly increased risk of serious ocular health problems with high myopia, which can lead to vision loss and blindness. Wonder the risk of myopia for your child? Use this calculator to see the possible outcome.
Myopia Treatment: What Works?
Here's a quick summary of common treatment options to slow down the progression:
Atropine - low dose of 0.01 - 0.05% atropine are used once per day
Ortho-K (orthokeratology) - Gentle Corneal Reshaping is a non-surgical process, which reshapes (flattens) the cornea of the eye using contact lenses; this process eliminates the need for glasses or contact lenses during the waking hours.
Soft Multi-focal Contact Lenses - worn daily during the day
Outdoor Time over 2 hours/day - plan for it!
The doctor will recommend best option for you or your child based on all of the clinical findings. Click here to book your appointment.