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What is Myopia?

Myopia is when things close up are clear but objects far away are blurry. A person with Myopia can see to read
books or use a phone, but objects at a distance such as looking at a whiteboard or television are fuzzy.

What causes Myopia?

The exact cause is not know. We do know that there is a combination of hereditary factors and environmental factors.
The development of Myopia has been linked to close work such as reading, playing computer games and using
smart phones, tablets and ipads. Hand held devices that are easy for toddlers to use are increasing
close work exposure for even younger children.

How do I know if my child has Myopia?

Children with Myopia may squint when looking at distant objects or complain of not seeing the board at school.
However, children seldom complain about their vision. Parents need to be aware.
The only real test is a thorough eye examination with a qualified optometrist experienced with Children.

Myopia Control

Myopia can be controlled. We are able to identify the children and young people at the highest
risk and recommend treatment. Our treatments have been proven to slow or even
stop the progression, or worsening, of Myopia in children and young people.

For more information:

Download our Myopia Prevention Ebook

Key myopia control treatments are Progressive Addition Lenses, Ortho K, Multifocal Contact Lenses, and Atropine Drops.
Here is a summary of the primary treatments for myopia control and their outcomes:

Type of Vision Correction Effect on Myopia Progression
Normal glasses and contact lenses 0-5%
Progressive/bifocal lenses 12-55%
Myovision (special spectacle lens design) 0-30%
Multifocal soft contact lenses 29-45%
Orthokeratology (special rigid contact lens) 32-100%
Atropine 0.01% (daily drops to paralyse focus) 65%

For more information:

Download our Atropine Drops EBrochure

Myopia Prevention

Early detection of Myopia before it fully develops can help slow onset and progression.
Regular eye examinations are essential. Check yearly. See clearly. 

To prevent or slow Myopia, be outside!
The risk of Myopia is reduced by outdoor play of at least one and a half hours each day.
Studies suggest exposure to outdoor light slows the onset and progression of Myopia.

Children should not spend more than two hours a day – in addition to school time
– on close work such as homework, reading, smartphones and digital devices.

Myopia Prevalence

To make things worse, the incidence of Myopia is
increasing. Myopia is currently at epidemic levels and is
expected to continue to get much worse. The prevalence
of Myopia among Australian children has doubled in 6
years. The recent Sydney Myopia Study found 31% of 17
year olds were myopic and on current trends almost
50% will be myopic by 2050.

Why Be Concerned?

Myopia in children tends to progress, and children
become more myopic over time.

In younger children, myopia progresses more quickly because
their yes are growing at a faster rate, leading to higher levels
of myopia, stronger glasses and more eye health risks.

All levels of myopia increase the risk of serious eye
conditions such as retinal detachment, cataract,
glaucoma, myopic macular degeneration.

For more information

Download our Myopia Prevention Ebook
BOOK AN EYE TEST

If your child already wears glasses
you can do something to stop
their vision getting worse.
If they don’t we can assess their
risk of developing Myopia.