Myopia Management

Myopia (short-sightedness) involves the eyeball being too long or too powerful. This results in blurred distance vision, however vision for close objects is clear within a certain range of distances.

Myopia has been shown to be genetic and environmental in nature.

  • If you or your partner is myopic your child has a 3x greater risk of developing myopia.
  • If both yourself and your partner are myopic your child has a 7x greater risk of myopia

Increased time indoors, increased close detailed tasks such as reading books, smart phones and tablets have also been linked with increased levels of myopia.

We are going through a ‘myopia boom’ at present with recent studies showing an alarming increase in myopia across the globe. In East Asia 90% of teenagers and young adults are myopic. Levels of myopia in Australia, USA and Europe have doubled in the last century.

In the UK myopia now affects around 1 in 4 young people.

Studies have also shown that increased levels of myopia can increase the risk of serious eye problems such as retinal detachment, early onset cataract, glaucoma and macular disease later in life. Our children are expected to live longer than us, meaning a small increase in myopia now can cause a significant increase in the risk of eye disease later in life. The aim of myopia management is to offer children sharp and clear vision today, and reduce the risk of developing sight threatening conditions later in life.

What are my options to treat Myopia?

Thankfully we have an ever-growing list of options available to us to help slow the progression of myopia in children. They split in to two categories:

Contact lenses

  • Orthokeratology (Gas permeable lenses worn at night)
  • Myopia management Soft lenses replaced daily (worn during the day)

Spectacle lenses

  • Hoya MiYOSMART
  • Essilor Stellest


Ortho-k is ideal for:

People who want clear natural vision all day - every day

  • Sporty or active people
  • Young people - Ortho-k can help to reduce the progression of shortsightedness
  • People who have considered laser surgery but are worried about the risks
  • People who find contact lenses uncomfortable or specs inconvenient

Ortho-k is available for patients with the following prescription:

  • Spherical spectacle prescription of up to -5.50
  • Astigmatism of up to -1.75D

Myopia Management with Daily Disposable Lenses

Another option available is a soft, daily contact lens.  These are worn all day and removed at bedtime.  These lenses do not alter the corneal shape.  They have a special optical design which may help to slow down the speed at which myopia progresses. For further information go to


More Information on Myopia Management

If you wish to make a myopia management appointment you can call our reception team on 01772 250154.

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Making an appointment

If you wish to make a myopia management appointment you can call our reception team on 01772 250154