Myopia – What is all the fuss about?
There is an increasing number of people in the world struggling to see in the distance, due to myopia (short-sightedness). In 2000, estimates were that 22% or 1.4 billon people in the world were myopic. Projections have this growing to 4.9 Billion or almost 50% of the population by 2050.
Does this matter? In reality – NO!
Providing the level of an individual’s myopia doesn’t become too high – or greater than -5.00 diopters. Medical evidence shows that once myopia approaches, or exceeds this level, individuals are at much greater risk of developing severe sight threatening diseases of the eyes, such as:
Higher myopia reduces quality of life and is more costly to correct with glasses and contact lenses.
The average cost of glasses or contact lenses amounts over lifetime for a myopic person is likely to be in excess of $25,000.
For these reasons the goal of restricting the progression of myopia has become the primary aim of optometrists around the world. Our leading optometrists at Brisbane Orthokeratology Specialists will guide you through this process to ensure your comfort in dealing with myopia treatment.
So how concerned should you be with your child's level of myopia (short-sightedness)?
Brisbane Orthokeratology Specialists Myopia Risk Assessment Test
If you child scores 5 or more in this test then you should consider orthokeratology treatment for myopia control.
Hereditary factors - There isn't a definitive hereditary association but research has shown that there is greater risk of myopia development if parents are myopic
Onset Age - Rate of myopia onset is associated with age, with onset at younger age leading to higher risk of developing high myopia
Sun Exposure - An increasing volume of research suggests that time spent outdoors offers some protection against development and progression of myopia. Myopes tend to be low in vitamin D and sunlight helps stimulate vitamin D production. On average indoor lighting averages about 50 lux, direct sunlight 50,000 and shade is about 25,000.
For teenagers and adults other important considerations that would make orthokeratology treatment beneficial:
If you scored 5 points or more then you are at higher risk of developing some of the serious complications associated with myopia.
Contact Brisbane Orthokeratology Specialists to see how effective our Brisbane myopia control treatment can be for slowing your myopia progression.
Brisbane Orthokeratology Specialists:
Brisbane Ortho k Myopia Control Treatment
Untreated your myopia is likely to progress at a rapid rate and result in you developing high myopia. You should seek urgent advice regarding myopia control.
At Brisbane Orthokeratology Specialists, our leading Brisbane ortho K optometrists are ready to fully assess your child's myopia and then formulate a myopia control treatment plan to control your myopia progression. Peace of Mind through ortho K treatment and myopia control is a phone call away.
Orthokeratology is Perfect for Children
As orthokeratology is non-surgical, non-invasive and completely reversible it is ideal for children. Surgical options are not available until an age of 18. Often myopia has already progressed to high risk levels by then.
Our leading orthokeratology optometrists here at Brisbane Orthokeratology Specialists are ready to help by fully assessing your child's condition and helping formulate a myopia control treatment plan.