Studies have shown that the development of myopia, or short-sightedness, can be controlled. For best results, treatment should be started as early as possible.
Anti-myopia lenses are designed for children who need minus-strength glasses to see things at a distance. These lenses slow down axial elongation, which is the main cause of progressive myopia. They do this by directing light onto the retina in a way that signals the brain to slow down the elongation. This will in turn help slow down the development of myopia to a certain extent.
After getting the lenses, there is an adjustment period that lasts for around one to two weeks depending on the person. During the adjustment period, we recommend not riding a bicycle, driving vehicles or engaging in high intensity sports. After the adjustment period ends, the lenses should be worn during all waking hours. The child and the parents must make sure that the frames are worn correctly so that the eye looks directly through the centre of the lens and the child feels comfortable. Then, after some time, get the child’s vision checked again. First, after six months and then after one year in order to monitor the course of the myopia and change the strength of the lenses if necessary. A very important factor in controlling myopia is that the lenses are actually strong enough for the child. Keep in mind that the practice of using lenses that are a little weaker than the actual prescription in order to stimulate the child’s own eyes to work has now been debunked and shown to actually worsen myopia. In addition to using the lenses, we recommend spending at least two hours outside daily to inhibit the development of myopia as daylight also slows down axial elongation. It is also necessary to keep in mind regular breaks from screens, appropriate lighting and the right viewing distance.