As a student I was intrugued by children from the States wearing bifocals. Years later I discovered that this was one of the first methods being trialled to reduce escalating shortsightedness. Unfortunately bifocals in children have a virtually non-existent success rate.
Other methods with slightly better results include multifocal contact lenses, using atropine eyedrops at varying doses and Orthokeratology, in which hard lenses are worn at night.
In parallel, significant research has been conducted into how and why children's eyes grow, which is the cause of increased myopia.
SLOWING MYOPIC PROGRESSION
Aside from needing weaker, thinner and lighter glasses, the advantage of not becoming highly myopic is that there is significantly less risk of myopic side affects, such as retinal detachment, cataract and glaucoma.
Most importantly, research has shown that more time spent outdoors and less time on laptops and phones will make a difference. We sort of knew that, but now it's official. You have to encourage your childern to play outdoors and get off the phone.
MiyoSmart lenses are the result of over five years of research and extensive tests and clinical studies with randomised control trials.
Clever design and technology have created these Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments, known as DIMS. They look like normal lenses but have a peripheral zone of microlenses, known as lenslets, that purposely blur the periphery. This blur destimulates the eye to grow further, therefore reducing the stimulus for myopic change.
HOW MIYOSMART WORKS
Myopia progression is managed by providing clear vision and constant myopic defocus simultaneously.
The lenses have a central zone of 9.4mm diameter with normal strength for clear vision, surrounded by an array of 1.4mm diameter 'lenslets' that creates peripheral defocus to inhibit the stimulus for the eye to grow which causes further shortsightedness. The visibility of the grid pattern is enhanced in the image above and the actual lenses are barely distinguishable from standard ones.
You (or your child) can now reap the rewards of this research by simply opting to have glasses with DIMS lenses rather than conventional lenses or contact lenses.
I urge all parents of shortsighted children, or children of shortsighted parents, to get these lenses. It will make a massive difference to their future.