By Eyeplus Optometrist

          Having your child being diagnosed with myopia (short-sightedness) can be quite depressing and frustrated for most parents. Unfortunately, it is far more common these days to see a child wearing glasses during their preschool age compare to the older days.

           But why? Have you ever imagine that your child can be free from glasses one day? Or, at least wishing his or her power does not change (like… forever) and you will do whatever it takes?

Too Much Time Smartphones, Tablets and Homework!

          Since smartphones and tablets are becoming mainstream, I do notice that we spend more time every day in front of them either browsing webs or playing games.

          Consequently, I have heard many parents complaining that their children spend too much time on the phone and avoid outdoor activities at all. In addition, the hectic curriculum in this country is another reason why children are exposing to excessive near work these days.

          Huang et al did a research in 2015 to find the associations between near work activities and myopia and found that the odds of myopia are higher when more time is spent on near work activities.

           So, this gives rise to the idea of reducing near work to slow down or prevent myopia. Think about it, if this really works, why is that myopia prevalence is still riding high and even increasing over years?

A different strategy to treat myopia…

          While technology advancement and the increasing educational level is an inevitable situation, we could have focused on our work to slow down, or to prevent myopia from occurring at all.

          Conventionally, when a child has been diagnosed with myopia, glasses is almost being prescribed immediately. However, there are a number of approaches that we can employ to tackle myopic children in Eyeplus Optometrist. Below are the 6 ways to slow down myopia progression:

  1.    Orthokeratology
  2.    Multifocal Contact Lenses
  3.    Multifocal Glasses (progressive additional lenses)
  4.    Executive Bifocal Lenses
  5.    Topical Atropine
  6.    Lifestyle Changes

          It is worth noting that each of every strategy comes with pro and cons. Therefore, make sure that you have consulted our optometrist and understand well each of the treatment processes, commitment and budget involved before embarking either one.

source : PMC 

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