WHAT IS SHORTSIGHTEDNESS?
Shortsightedness, also known as myopia, is a condition whereby the light/image entering the eyes is wrongly focused, causing blurriness in distant objects. Increasing or uncorrected myopia among children, will affect their academic performance and learning process in school. There is also a higher risk of diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macula degeneration if high degree myopia is left untreated.
Based on a research done by our optometrist Mr.Darren Toh with Prof.Dr.Norhani Mohidin of National University of Malaysia (UKM), the estimated prevalence rate of shortsightedness among schoolchildren (with Chinese ethnicity) in Malaysia is at an concerning rate of 49.4%, and will continue to rise in the next 5 years.
RISK FACTORS OF
Shortsightedness tends to be more prevalent in Asian ethnicity especially Chinese and Japanese ethnicity.
Shortsightedness tends to run in families. Children with parents who are both shortsighted are more likely to be shortsighted as well.
Bad reading habit (Poor lighting, improper posture)
Long hours and excessive amount of near work.
WHAT DO WE DO?
At Optika Optometrist,
Our optometrist’s main goals in shortsighted management for children is NOT to correct the power with spectacles only, NEITHER change new lenses when power increase, but to SLOW DOWN and CONTROL the progression of shortsightedness from becoming too high. Both of our consultant optometrists has special interest in shortsightedness control, and in fact are involved in academic research related to shortsightedness control as well.
we provide mainly 2 approaches
in controlling your children’s shortsightedness:
which is a special customized spectacle lenses used to correct your child’s shortsightedness more efficiently taking into considerations of near vision adaptation.