Myopia Control in Newcastle
Myopia is more commonly known as short-sightedness. Near objects are clear, but far away objects appear blurred.
Myopia in children can develop at any age and continue to worsen until the late 20s in most cases. The younger your child is when they are first found to be myopic, the higher the prescription is likely to become. The likelihood of developing short-sightedness increases if either parent is also short-sighted but there is a 25% chance of developing myopia even with no family history. The onset of myopia can also be lifestyle dependent and is more likely in children who participate in prolonged near-work activities such as reading or digital device use, and those that spend less time outdoors.
What is Myopia?
What are the risks with Myopia?
Eyes with a high degree of myopia are at an increased risk of developing a number of eye diseases in later life such as retinal detachment or glaucoma. Any amount of myopia produces an increased risk of developing these diseases in later life.
With every dioptre saved we can reduce the risk of;
Cataract by 20%
Retinal detachment by 30%
Glaucoma by 20%
Myopic maculopathy by 40%
Visual impairment by 25%
Research papers from peer-reviewed journals such as Chen et al (2012) show a strong link between Myopia and Glaucoma development:
The Beaver Dam Eye Study (Wong et al. 2003) showed that people with myopia were “60% more likely to have glaucoma” than emmetropes.
The Blue Mountain Eye study (Mitchell et al. 1999) confirmed a strong increased risk relationship of between two and threefold linking myopia to glaucoma development.
How we can help...
Querido & Davidson have been at the forefront of myopia management in children since 2006, being one of only a small handful of UK practices prescribing Orthokeratology contact lenses for children as young as six years old. Other recent innovations in myopia control now allow us to use a large portfolio of different spectacle and contact lens options to control myopia in children. The sooner these interventions are put in place, the more likely it is that the prescription will be kept under control, keeping the eyes in better health in later life.
At your visit, our Optometrists will discuss with you a tailored management plan that matches your child’s needs to achieve better vision and long-term myopia control into adulthood. As part of their Myopia Control Program, they will have regular follow-up appointments at scheduled intervals - including measurements to show whether the eyes have grown, proving whether their myopia is under control. To do this we use our Topcon MYAH axial length monitoring instrument. This is a state of the art non-invasive scanning instrument that maps and monitors changes in the growth of the eye over time,
Wong, TY. Klein, BE. Klein, R. Knudtson, M. Lee, KE. 2003. Refractive errors, intraocular pressure, and glaucoma in a white population. Ophthalmology 110(1), p.211-217. doi: 10.1016/s0161-6420(02)01260-5