As myopia progresses patients need higher spectacle and contact lens powers to see well. Patients start to struggle with daily tasks without their glasses. 

The Myopic Eyeball
The highly myopic eyeball is often more elongated and this increases the risk of retinal complications such as retinal detachments and myopic maculopathy. Myopia also increases the risk of sight threatening conditions such as glaucoma and cataracts. 

Use the Vision Simulator to see what it is like to become increasingly myopic.
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The prevalence of myopia is increasing and estimated to reach 50% of the world's population by 2050.

Hear more from the experts here: Child Myopia by CooperVision.

Some current treatment options include

  • Atropine eye drops
  • Ortho-K contact lenses worn at night (which reshape the corneal surface during sleep to allow for corrected vision during the day)
  • Soft multifocal contact lenses worn during the day > Misight by CooperVision and NaturalVue by VTi Redefining Vision. 
  • Miyosmart spectacles with D.I.M.S. (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments) technology, Bifocal and Multifocal spectacles 

Screen Time vs Green Time

Stopping excess screen time and avoiding extended near tasks, as well as increasing outdoor (green) time may also help. At least 90 minutes, preferably 2 hours or more of outdoor time a day may help prevent myopia. Increasing exposure to outdoor sun light may reduce the risk of myopia. UV protection is still important for eye health.  

Treatment results vary

Some options may be effective for particular patients and not for others. It's important for patients with myopia to have regular eye examinations and then treatments can be closely monitored. 

Children and adults may need myopia control. 

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