Myopia Progression in children
Have you ever wondered how often do children need to get their eyes checked? Although school-going children have annual eye checks in school since preschool, it is actually advisable for children with myopia to get more regular checks every 6 months to monitor the progression of myopia.
Myopia is a common condition better known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness whereby the eyeball is longer than the normal eye. It is a condition where a person experiences blur vision at distance as the light rays focuses in front of the retina. The rate of myopia progression is rapid in children and will only start to stabilize in their adulthood. The earlier a child gets myopia, the more likely he or she will experience high myopia as an adult.
The most common complain of myopia is when a child complains of poor distance vision where they are unable to see the whiteboard in class. The other symptoms may include but are not limited to the following:
- Tiredness or fatigue
- Rubbing of eyes
- Abnormal Head Posture
At Vision and Perception Practice, we provide myopia control intervention through various methods. A recommendation of the best option can only be provided after a proper and thorough assessment.
Prescribing specialized spectacle lenses can help to correct and control the progression of myopia. According to their research, the Essilor Stellest Lenses can help to slow down the progression of myopia by 67% on average in comparison to single vision lenses when worn for 12 hours.
Myopia contact lens is also an option that can be considered. It is suitable for groups of children who dislike wearing spectacles or those who play sports often. Contact lenses are also more cosmetically appealing when compared to spectacles. The Coopervision MiSight 1day can help to slow down the progression of myopia by 59% using their special ActivControl Technology. As the contact lenses are daily disposables, it is also very convinient to use as there is no need to clean or store them.
The last option is vision therapy. It is useful in helping children with their focusing abilities especially if functional vision problems are present.
If you would like to learn more about myopia or controlling the progression of myopia do get in touch with us or book your appointment here today. https://www.fresha.com/a/vision-perception-practice-singapore-220-orchard-road-midpoint-orchard-jgps9fsn/booking?menu=true&pId=542169
February 22, 2022
22 Feb 2022