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What is Myopia / Short-sightedness?

Parents are always telling us how worried they are about their child's prescription increasing and their eyes getting worse. There is now treatment available in the form of special contact lenses or glasses to control this.



What is Myopia?

Myopia (or short-sightedness) is an eye condition that usually starts in childhood. Glasses or contact lenses are needed in order to see distant objects clearly such as the whiteboard in a classroom or the text on the TV.

By 2050, it is estimated that more than 50% of the world's population will be myopic

What is Causing Myopia?

Experts believe Myopia is due to the following factors:

  • Genetics, e.g if one or both parents are short-sighted

  • Low levels of outdoor activities

  • Concentrated near tasks, such as reading and gaming on portable devices

  • Poor levels of lighting


Children are also becoming Myopic at a younger age

What are the Concerns with Myopia?

With Myopia, the back of the eye is stretched and therefore linked with eye conditions such as retinal detachment and macular degeneration.


As a child grows and progresses through school, they may experience an increase in short-sightedness. This means a greater dependence on glasses or contact lenses, resulting in a higher prescription with thicker lenses.


What are the Options to Correct Myopia / Short-sight?

  • Regular glasses or contact lenses that help your child see clearly

  • Special glasses or contact lenses (dual-focus), that help your child see clearly and can slow down their short-sightedness or Myopia.

You can book online or call us on 020 8759 9395 to make an appointment


Watch the video to understand more about Myopia and how short-sight can be controlled with special contact lenses


What can I do to Stop Myopia / Short-sightedness progressing?

  • Encourage children to spend at least 2 hours per day outdoors

  • Encourage regular breaks with their close work, such as reading and gaming

  • Working in a well-lit environment, especially for their close-work

  • Book an appointment with us to see if your child is suitable for Myopia management to slow down their short-sight either with special spectacles or contact lenses. You can book online or call us on 020 8759 9395

Watch the video to understand how short-sight or Myopia can be controlled with special (dual-focus) glasses



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