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Myopia Control for Children

Myopia Control for Children

Myopia cannot be reversed or cured, but it is possible to treat and improve your child's vision and prevent it from getting worse, safeguarding your child's eye health in the future. Vivid Eye Centre offers a comprehensive range of myopia control solutions and multiple options for children. With the professional analysis from the ophthalmologist and optometrist, we can provide precise control solutions, such as DIMS lens, daytime contact lens, OK lens, Atropine eye drops, etc., and track myopia according to children’s needs.

Myopia is when the eyeball is too long or the lens is too thick, which affects the ability to focus and allows light to fall in front of the retina, causing the eye to see blurred images in the distance and clear in the near.

Myopia could be resulted from congenital or acquired environmental, lifestyle and habits. As your eyes become more short-sighted, they grow longer.

在眼球變長時,視網膜也會被拉扯變薄,導致眼睛出現退化及併發症,例如玻璃體及視網膜退化,並增加視網膜破裂及脫落的風險。而較嚴重的併發症如Macular Degeneration則會令視力受損及影像變形等,嚴重者更有機會致盲。

Myopia Control Solutions

1Optical Myopia Control Lenses

The optical lens applies scientific principles and the design of a special myopia control lens to help wearer slow down the progression of myopia.

MiyoSmart | DIMS Spectacle Lens

The non-invasive patent technology Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS), co-developed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and lens manufacturer Hoya, are applied in the spectacle lens which comprises of a central optical zone for correcting refractive error and multi-segments of constant myopic defocus surrounding the central zone and extending to mid-periphery of the lens. It provides clear vision and myopic defocus for vision correction simultaneously for the wearer at all viewing distances.

Optical Myopia Control Lenses

The wearer needs to be reviewed regularly by registered optometrist who will use an eye-axis measurement device to closely observe the rate of myopia progression. If control is not as expected, an immediate referral will be made to an in-house ophthalmologist for follow-up and assessment. Additional control options, such as Atropine, may be recommended as appropriate.

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Daytime Contact Lenses

2Daytime Myopia Control Contact Lenses
Contact lenses*

MiSight® disposable contact lenses take advantage of the ground-breaking ActivControl® Technology to help reduce the likelihood of children suffering from severe myopia (more than 6D). Lenses are made of Proclear® material to lock in lens moisture and provide high oxygen permeability, ensuring the wearer comfort and eye health.

Disposable contact lenses correct myopia and allow children to enjoy clear vision without the constraints of rimmed glasses. Moreover, the practice is safe and hygienic as it eliminates the need for daily cleaning and sterilising.

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The whole process will be followed by a registered optometrist who will explain contact lens wearing tips and the relevant care. 4 reviews for contact lens will be carried out across the programme (7 months) to track effectiveness and monitor eye conditions. If you experience any discomfort, you will be referred to our in-house ophthalmologist for immediate follow-up.

3 Atropine Eye Drops^

Medication is another option to improve myopia. The continued application of Atropine eye drops can slow down myopic progression in children. A small number of them may experience photophobia as a side effect at the beginning, which generally improves within a few weeks.

The whole process will be followed regularly by an ophthalmologist who will measure eye axis length and refractive error, observe the control effectiveness and eye conditions, and, if necessary, increase the atropine concentration or add on other control options. Individually served Atropine eye drops are more hygienic and safer than bottled drops.

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4 Orthokeratology
(Ortho-K)#

Orthokeratology, or Ortho-K, is the use of rigid, gas-permeable contact lenses to temporarily reshape the cornea by pressure to improve vision. You need to put on the lenses before going to bed and take them off when you wake up. You can obtain a clear view during the day without wearing glasses.

The approach will not cure myopia for good. Once you stop wearing the special contact lenses at night, the effect of myopia control will diminish over time and the refractive error will return.

Orthokeratology principle

The whole process will be followed by a registered optometrist who will explain contact lens wearing tips and the relevant care. 6 reviews for contact lens will be carried out across the programme (1 year) to track effectiveness and monitor eye conditions. If you experience any discomfort, you will be referred immediately to our in-house ophthalmologist for follow-up.

Myopia Control Solutions Comparison

Optical Lenses Daytime Contact Lenses Atropine
(Atropine)

Eye Drops
Orthokeratology
(Ortho-K)
Followed by Registered Optometrist Registered Optometrist Ophthalmologist Registered Optometrist
Principle Use of DIMS lens to inhibit myopia progression Use of DIMS lens to inhibit myopia progression Slow eye growth and reduce eye muscle pressure Temporarily alter the curvature of the cornea to reduce myopia condition
Stability of myopia control
Degree of convenience
Advantages Easy to put on and take off Can be fitted for myopia without the need for glasses Individually served, easy to use, safe and hygienic No glasses required for daytime activities
Points to note / Children need to wear and remove contact lenses themselves every day Must be prescribed by an ophthalmologist; Eyeglasses are required Children who rub their eyes unintentionally may suffer from corneal damage or infection
Age* >3 years old >6 years old >4 years old >8 years old
Refraction Myopia ≤600 degrees; Astigmatism ≤400 degrees Myopia ≤600 degrees; Astigmatism ≤400 degrees Any refraction Myopia ≤600 degrees; Astigmatism ≤200 degrees
Non-invasive
Effect Slowed myopia progression
by 59% in average in 2 years2
Slowed myopia progression by 59% in average in 3 years4 Slowed myopia progression by 67% in average in 1 years1 Slowed eye elongation by 43%3

*Subject to individual circumstances
^Users need to take Atropine eye drops every night before bedtime
#Users are required to wear the lenses to sleep for 6-8 hours each night

1. Yam JC, et al. Ophthalmology 2019; 126: 113–24.

​ 2. Lam CSY, Tang WC, Tse DY, Lee RPK, Chun RKM, Hasegawa K, Qi H, Hatanaka T, To CH. Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) spectacle lenses slow myopia progression: a 2-year randomised clinical trial. British Journal of Ophthalmology. Published Online First: 29 May 2019. Doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2018-313739

​ 3. Cho P and Cheung SW. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 2012; 53: 7077–85. ​

4. CLEERE Study Group Early Childhood Refractive Error and Parental History of Myopia as Predictors

兒童近視控制常見問題

Common symptoms:

  • Tilting the head or narrowing the eyes to make themselves visible
  • Covering one eye while reading or viewing an electronic screen
  • Unable to see distant or close object
  • Claiming that they have blurred or double vision, etc.
  • Neglecting or confusing words when reading
  • Indicating that they have a headache
  • Blinking or rubbing their eyes frequently
  • Poor hand-eye coordination
  • Eyes appear to be red or watery

Yes, they must be prescribed and followed up by a doctor to measure the length of the optic axis and the dioptre to observe the effectiveness of treatments and monitor the eyes’ condition.

We have contact lenses that control myopia progression and Orthokeratology (OK-lens) services available. Registered optometrists will follow the case and teach proper contact lens fitting techniques and eye care techniques. They will also observe the effectiveness of treatments and monitor the eyes’ condition.

No, there is no age restriction. You only need to be examined by a registered optometrist and approved for fitting.

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