WHAT IS MYOPIA?
Myopia also known as shortsightedness, or in mandarin translated as 近视, is a condition whereby the light/image entering the eyes is wrongly focused, which leads to the elongation of the eyeball (increase in axial length), and 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 eye diseases such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and retina maculopathy if myopia progresses into high myopia (more than -6.00 diopter).
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 MYOPIA
Myopia tends to be more prevalent in East Asian ethnicity especially Chinese ethnicity.
Myopia tends to run in families. Children with either one parent who is myopia are more likely to be develop myopia as well.
Excessive time and amount of near work
Long hours and excessive amount of near work, which includes reading and digital devices.
WHAT DO WE DO?
At Optika Optometrist,
our optometrist’s main goals in myopia (shortsightedness) management for children is NOT just to correct it with glasses only, NEITHER change new lenses when power increase, but to SLOW DOWN and CONTROL the progression of myopia from becoming too high. Our consultant optometrists Mr.Darren Toh has special interest in myopia control, and in fact is involved in academic research related to myopia control as well.
We provide mainly 3 approaches in controlling and slowing down your children’s myopia:
(Also known as Corneal Refractive Therapy) which is an unique contact lens that is worn at night to sleep, and by far the most successful method in slowing down and controlling the progression of myopia.
Aside from myopia control, Ortho-K also offers your child good day time vision without glasses, fantastic for kids with active lifestyle.Know more about Ortho-K
Myopia Control Spectacle Lenses
which is a special customized spectacle lenses used to correct your child’s myopia more efficiently taking into considerations of near vision adaptation.
We prescribe and dispense a few types of myopia control spectacle lenses depending on the child’s prescription and vision status after a thorough assessment. To name a few, we prescribe lenses such as Hoya MiyoSmart, Essilor Myopilux, Zeiss Myovision, Kodak Kids, etc.
Myopia Control Disposable Contact Lenses
At Optika Optometrist, we offer an alternative approach in myopia control by using a special daily disposable contact lens called MiSight.
MiSight is developed by Cooper Vision and uses ActivControl Technology to allow children to see clearly and slow down their myopia (shortsightedness) progression and eyeball growth.
MiSight is specifically targeted for children who are not a good candidate for Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) but wanted a solution which is more effective than myopia control spectacle lenses.
Why Choose Us?
For the last few years, more and more optometry practice has ventured into offering myopia control services, but why choose us? And why are we different?
Firstly, most of the myopia control cases are seen and handled by our consultant optometrist Mr.Darren Toh, which has vast experience in the field of myopia control. So rest assured your child will be well taken care by the same optometrist for the long journey ahead.
Also, Optika Optometrist is one of the few optometrist in Malaysia that track and monitor myopia control progression among children by measuring the length of the eyeball (axial length). We invested in state of the art equipment to make sure we provide the very best for your child's myopia control journey.
Lastly, we offer multiple myopia control solutions to suit different needs and visual status of your child. We believe there's no one method that suits for everyone, hence, we are once again the very few optometrist that offer myopia control solutions ranging from contact lens methods (Ortho-K, MiSight, etc) to spectacle lens methods (Hoya Miyosmart, Essilor Myopilux, etc).