Myopia Management

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Myopia Management

Myopia Management

Myopia management treatment is a corrective programme to keep the progression of myopia as slow as possible. It involves the use of special spectacle lenses or contact lenses.

At the Richard Tildesley Practice, we have many years of experience in offering ongoing myopia management to our patients in Chichester and the surrounding area, and we’d always be only to happy to discuss the options available to manage the condition.

What you need to know

What is Myopia?

Myopia is the name for short-sightedness – the inability to see distant things clearly. It may become apparent when it gets harder to watch the television, read a white-board at school, or read road signs when driving.

Essentially, it is due to the shape of the eyeball being too long and/or the cornea being too curved so that the image focuses in front of the retina instead of onto the surface of the retina.

The presence of myopia is denoted on an optical prescription by a negative number.

Mild myopia is -0.25 to -3.00
Moderate myopia is -3.25 to -6.00
High myopia is greater -6.00

Amazingly, myopia affects up to 40% of people to a varying degree by the age of 17. The incidences of myopia are increasing, and it is expected that half the world’s population will be myopic by 2050.

There is now evidence that suggests that one of the reasons for this increase is the amount of time people are spending on close vision tasks such as looking at smartphones and tablets.

Although there is no cure for myopia, regular eye examinations allow us to make the best recommendations to manage myopia and give you the best vision possible.

What you need to know

Myopia in Children

Myopia is often hereditary and typically begins in childhood, slowing down in late teens and peaking by the age of 20.

We encourage parents to bring their child for a sight test at around 3 or 4 years of age, before they start school, as many children won’t be aware that their vision isn’t clear.

There are several measures that can be taken to slow down the development of myopia.

  • Limit screen time and take regular breaks from looking at a screen – at least once an hour.
  • Read the screen from a distance of 40-60 cm away from the face.
  • Ensure the screen is not too bright.
  • Remember to blink frequently when looking at the screen.

Another very effective way to reduce the progression of myopia is to spend time outdoors. This allows the eyes a chance to focus on objects in the distance which gives the eye muscles a chance to relax.

Myopia management treatment is a corrective programme to keep the progression of myopia as slow as possible. It involves the use of special spectacle lenses or contact lenses.

Contact Lenses, Chichester

Contact Lenses

FDA Approved – MiSight 1 day contact lenses are FDA-approved to slow down the progression of myopia in children of 8 to 12 years of age. Clinical trials have shown the progression of myopia significantly reduces in the majority of children who wear MiSight contact lenses, and we have certainly seen extremely positive results here at The Richard Tildesley Practice.

Prescribing of these lenses or contact lenses requires regular appointments with an optometrist to assess progress. We can offer a cost effective way of managing these appointments via our Eyeplan scheme.

This involves a discount on the initial purchase price of the spectacles via a monthly payment and includes all clinical assessments and adjustments in prescription if necessary.

Spectacle Lenses

We are also able to offer MIYOSMART and Stellest lenses which can also slow down the progression of myopia. Again, based on comprehensive clinical trials, these lenses are proven to curb the progression of myopia in children by an average of 60%.

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Want to make an Appointment?

Please call us on 01243 786600 or 01243 786590.

We welcome Private and NHS patients.

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