Did you realise that the prevalence of myopia in 12 year old kids in Australia doubled between 2005 and 2011? Being short sighted carries with it a life long risk of retinal detachment, cataract, glaucoma as well as not seeing clearly at distance. What can be done you ask? Ortho-k contact lenses seem to work the best at about a 60% reduction in progression with soft contact lenses specifically designed for this purpose a very close second. So for those kids who would rather wear a soft contact lens during the day than an ortho-k lens at night time – we use MiSight contact lenses.
The length of the eye changes with myopia so we choose to use the gold standard of measure with a Zeiss IOL Master. The axial length of the eye must be measured to judge whether myopia is progressing! This is part of our myopia control clinic at Mark Hinds Optometrists.