Myopia control spectacles: a new and research proven product to help slow the progression of short-sightedness.
Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a form of refractive error where the eye grows too long and as such, light falls in front of the light sensitive retina (where the cells turn the light into signals to the brain to help you see). If you are myopic, you will have a problem seeing things in the distance and you would be prescribed either spectacles or contact lenses with a minus (-) prescription to help correct the vision.
Myopia will usually onset and progress at the fastest rate in children and teens, as this is the period in which the eyes are growing. There are a number of risk factors of becoming myopic including family history (if one or both parents are myopic), ethnicity (myopia is more prevalent in Asian populations) and recent studies suggest that limited time outdoors can lead to progression of myopia.
Studies suggest that by the year 2050, 50% of the world’s population will be myopic and there will be greater levels of high myopia.
But why is myopia a problem?
Generally, myopia itself is not harmful and can be corrected. However, high levels of myopia increases the risk of a number of eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration. Some studies suggest that a person who is highly myopic may be up to 20x more likely to have serious eye conditions than someone who is not myopic.
Additionally, as myopia has a genetic link, a myopia epidemic in this generation will lead to the worsening of levels of myopia in future generations.
Hence, it is pivotal that children’s eyes are examined regularly and we can provide interventions, as they are most at risk of fast progressing myopia.
So what’s the solution?
Of course, we can correct myopia with spectacles or contact lenses. However, instead of just simply correcting it, there are now solutions to help slow down its progression, giving a long-term benefit of reduced myopia for the patient and decreasing the long-term risks mentioned above.
Over recent years, there have been a number of new products on the market, designed to help slow down the progression of myopia. We call these products ‘myopia control’ or ‘myopia management’.
Myopia control contact lenses have been on the market for a few years and most recently, a
number of lens manufacturers have used this technology and conducted research studies on myopia control spectacle lenses and there are now several that have become licensed for the market.
At Optika, we work closely with a number of lens manufacturers in order to bring you the best products. We are proud to be an official supplier of Essilor® Stellest spectacle lenses.
These lenses are Essilor’s myopia control spectacle solution. Essilor is a leading French lens manufacturer and is the largest manufacturer of spectacle lenses worldwide. They are known for their product quality and innovation, being the first to invent progressive spectacle lenses.
These lenses correct the myopia with a central single vision zone and use ‘H.A.L.T.’ technology with a number of lenslet rings in the periphery of the lens to help slow down the growth of the eye and hence, the myopia progression. Therefore, they make an excellent solution for children whose eyes are growing. For the child wearing the lenses they will have clear vision and it will be like wearing any other spectacle lenses. In Essilor’s reviews and research, 100% of wearers adapted to these spectacles within 1 week.
2 year research studies of using Essilor® Stellest lenses vs. traditional spectacle lenses shows that myopia was slowed by 67% on average (reference below).
We recommended these lenses for all myopic children and we can order them up to a prescription of -10.00 dioptres, giving excellent availability.
First of all, an up-to-date eye examination with one of our eye care professionals is recommended. Your optometrist will then discuss the myopia, progression and risk factors with you and can guide you on if myopia control is the right choice for your child.
All Optika staff are trained in dispensing these lenses and we offer a complete service from the point of eye examination, to collection and regular reviews to assess for progression.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask a member of the team.
Bao J. et al. (2021). Myopia control with spectacle lenses with aspherical lenslets: a 2-year randomized clinical trial. Invest. Ophthalmol. Vis. Sci.; 62(8):2888.