Archives for nearsightedness

Staring Down the ‘Silent Epidemic’ of Myopia in Children

Myopia, commonly known as short-sightedness, is rapidly becoming a global health concern. Once believed to be solely genetic, recent studies highlight increased indoor time as a significant contributor, particularly among children whose eyes are still developing. Shanti Mathias, in an article for The Spinoff, Staring Down the ‘Silent Epidemic’ of Myopia in Children, discusses the alarming rise in myopia and the need for preventative measures to protect children’s vision. Winning a 2024 Science Journalism Award for excellent reporting on science-related topics, this is what this article tells us about the silent epidemic of myopia. The rise of myopia Myopia has reached epidemic
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Categories: Eye Conditions.

Pros and cons of atropine eyedrops for myopia control

Myopia, or nearsightedness, impacts millions of individuals worldwide. Particularly concerning is its impact on children, whose eyes are still developing. Myopia causes distant objects to appear blurry, making activities like reading the board in school or participating in outdoor sports challenging. At John O’Connor Optometrists, our team is committed to providing comprehensive solutions to help manage and control myopia. One solution gaining attention is the use of atropine eyedrops. In this blog, we’ll explore the pros and cons of atropine eyedrops for myopia control, so you have the information needed to make informed decisions about your child’s eye care. Understanding
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Categories: Eye Conditions.

Protecting your child’s vision: managing myopia with outdoor time and screen limitations

Myopia, also known as near-sightedness, is a growing health concern worldwide. There has been a dramatic increase in its prevalence, particularly among children. Research has shown this rise can be blamed in significant part on the changing lifestyle of many children. Namely, the amount of time spent indoors and on screens. A child or teenager’s visual environment significantly increases the risk of myopia onset and progression. If your child, or someone in your care, suffers from myopia, or shortsightedness, there are things you can do to make a difference. In this blog, we’ll explore factors influencing myopia development and recommendations
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Categories: Eye Conditions.

Treatment option overview for myopia control

Shortsightedness, also known as myopia, is a condition that is rapidly increasing worldwide. Different treatment options are available to manage and control the progression of myopia. John O’Connor Optometrists, in Auckland, provides various innovative treatments to combat myopia progression. This blog looks into five treatment options, briefly evaluating their advantages and disadvantages. Hoya Miyosmart Glasses Hoya Miyosmart glasses incorporate innovative lens technology to slow down the progression of myopia. Pros: Designed for children and teenagers, providing clear vision and myopia control in a single solution Uses innovative Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) technology to reduce eye elongation Lightweight, comfortable, and
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Categories: Eye Conditions.

Contact lenses that treat myopia

Looking better without glasses If you’re a busy, active kid, wearing glasses can be a real nuisance. Glasses can fall off your face or break if you play sports. Children’s glasses are constantly needing to be fixed, adjusted or replaced because they get broken or are scratched to the point of uselessness. Imagine a world where your child didn’t have to wear glasses. They could see clearly, and at the correct distance, all the while their nearsightedness, or myopia, progression is being managed. Innovative technology can help make his or her life easier.  MiSight® contact lenses help slow down the
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Categories: Contact Lenses.

Miyosmart glasses are worth it

John O’Connor Optometrist and Miyosmart glasses by Hoya – Together, we can tackle myopia in children Myopia, or near-sightedness, is a growing epidemic worldwide. It is estimated that by 2050, half of the world’s population will be myopic. As far as available treatments to slow the progression of myopia go, Miyosmart lens technology by HOYA has been proven the most effective, by a long shot. Myopia can lead to your child developing more serious conditions such as retinal detachments or glaucoma if left untreated. That’s why it’s so important to find an effective way to control the progression of myopia
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Categories: Prescription Glasses.

MiYOSMART glasses for controlling short sightedness

Nearsightedness is growing Myopia is growing alarmingly worldwide, especially in East Asian populations. There are estimates that by 2050, half the world’s population will be nearsighted. However, there’s some promising news in sight, at least for children. Effective interventions for myopia management and reduction have appeared in the form of MiyoSmart glasses. MiyoSmart glasses can potentially curb your child’s myopia progression by an average of 60% and are now available in New Zealand from John O’Connor Optometrists. How do MiYOSMART lenses work? Very basically, in a normal eye light entering the eye from straight ahead focuses perfectly on retina, so
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Categories: Prescription Glasses.

MiYOSMART lenses for controlling short sightedness

DIMS lenses appear to help nearsighted kids Launched in mid-2018, MiYOSMART lenses developed in cooperation with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University can slow and even stop the progression of myopia in children. Results of a three-year study show the MiYOSMART lens with patented Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (D.I.M.S.) can slow and in some cases halt myopia progression. The original two-year, double-blind, randomised clinical trial found MiYOSMART lenses were found to reduce the progression of myopia for 60 percent of the young participants. In addition, the new lenses completely stopped further vision loss in 21 percent of trial participants. The recently
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Categories: Prescription Glasses.

Myopia control for children – Hoya MiyoSmart lenses

MiyoSmart® is a new non-invasive myopia management solution for children of all ages. Now available in New Zealand from John O’Connor Optometrists, MiyoSmart lenses can potentially curb your child’s myopia progression by an average of 60%. What is myopia? Myopia, or shortsightedness happens when the eye grows too long. Very simply put, if the eye is too long, the lens of the eye focuses the image in front of the retina instead of on top of it. People with myopia see things that are up close clearly, whereas far objects are blurry. Myopia causes eyestrain, which can lead to headaches and
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Categories: Eye Conditions and Prescription Glasses.

Myopia in children

What is myopia? Myopia is blurry long-distance vision, often called short-sightedness or near-sightedness. A person with myopia can see clearly up close – when reading a book or looking at a phone – but words and objects look fuzzy on a blackboard, on television or when driving. Experts across the globe have concluded, with good evidence, that myopia leads to further sight-threatening conditions. Myopia is spreading Research published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology showed 10 million people worldwide suffered from myopia in 2010. By 2050, it is estimated that more than 50% of the world’s population will have myopia,
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Categories: Eye Conditions.