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Myopia Control: A complete Guide for Parents

Written By: Jason Higginbotham
BSc (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glau Prof Cert Med Ret Prof Cert LV FBDO MBCLA

 

Updated: 20th November 2023
 

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In this guide, you’ll learn what myopia management is and which is the best myopia control treatment for you or your child.


We’ll share scientifically-backed, easy-to-follow advice on what actually matters in slowing (or even stopping!) the progression of myopia.

Need to quickly check whether you're at risk of permanent sight loss? You’ll find a free online myopia risk assessment here too.

Contents

Part 1: What is myopia management?

Part 2: A comprehensive list of all myopia treatment options

Part 3: Putting it all together - what's the best myopia treatment option for you?

BONUS: Actions you can take now

Contents

Part 1: What is myopia management?

Part 2: A comprehensive list of all myopia treatment options

Part 3: Putting it all together - what's the best myopia treatment option for you?

BONUS: Actions you can take now

Part 1

What Is Myopia Management?

Quick Rerefesher: What is Myopia?

 

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Why is Myopia Management Important?

 

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What is Myopia Management?

 

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Clinical evidence has shown that a personalised eye care plan can significantly decrease the progression of myopia in children by up to 50%.

Part 2

A comprehensive list of all myopia treatment options

Specialist Glasses

 

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Learn more about specialist glasses here.

Ortho-K

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Atropine Eye Drops

 

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Part 3

What's the best myopia treatment option for you?

Compare all myopia management treatment options

 

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What about combination therapies?

 

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Myopia management with your local optician

 

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Bonus

What can you do NOW to slow myopia progression?

The key is that myopia management is a holistic approach. Apart from the therapies prescribed by clinicians, there are many things that you, as a parent, can do to help minimise the causative factors of myopia and reduce the risks to long-term vision. 

 

  • Get them outdoors! Many studies show that time outdoors has a strong protective effect against the onset of myopia.

  • Spend less time on smart phones, tablets, computers and even reading or doing homework (lots of cheering kids).

  • Increase the distance you hold smart phones, computers and reading from your eyes. 

  • Improve the lighting in your child’s room, especially when performing near tasks.

  • Improve ventilation in your child’s room – this goes without saying for teenagers! 

  • Improve sleep patterns. Studies are showing that better sleep patterns can have an effect on lowering rates of myopia

  • Longer breaks between reading, screens and writing. Also, engage in activities involving looking into the distance whenever possible.  Use the 20/20/2 rule - for every 20 minutes of close work your child does, ask them to take a 20-second break looking into the distance and make sure your child spends at least 2 hours per day outside.

Summary

Your Key Takeaways For Myopia Management

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References

 

  1. "myopia article", pubmed, 2023

  2. "myopia study", pubmed, 2022

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The Author

Jason, BSc (Hons) MCOptom Prof Cert Glau Prof Cert Med Ret Prof Cert LV FBDO MBCLA is an optometrist and dispensing optician renowned for his education and training services, with over 30 years experience. A former Director of Medical & Education at Birmingham Optical Group, Jason, runs ophthalmic consultancy firm, FYEye Ltd assist clients with training both their associate, clinical and management teams as well as providing CET/CPD content and delivery.

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