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Slow Myopia

Myopia (short-sightedness) starts at an early age and brings with it the likelihood of other eye health problems. It increases the risk of blindness and vision loss due to myopic maculopathy, retinal detachment, glaucoma and cataracts (see table below).

There's a reason for concern. Myopia is worryingly becoming more prevalent. If current trends continue, by 2050 half the world’s population will be myopic.

How do we know who's at greatest risk? There are two very strong predictors:

Excessive close work and digital device use may also contribute, as can inadequate time spent outdoors.

Are you concerned about your child’s or grandchild’s vision? There's a free online resource for parents and grandparents – My Kid's Vision. This simple, six question survey helps you assess a child’s risk of myopia.

All children / teens need an eye examination annually and more regularly if they're at high risk of developing myopia.

Fortunately, we do have treatment strategies – as well as lifestyle changes – to help delay onset and control progression. Research has shown that these strategies are most effective at slowing the progress of myopia:

Also, all kids / teens should be encouraged to spend a minimum of 2 hours per day outdoors.

Despite these treatment options, research has shown that most optometrists prescribe either distance only spectacles or distance only contact lenses for progressing or young myopes. This worries me, because neither of these strategies have been shown to slow progression.

‘Deep inside every human being there is a yearning to do something extraordinary and to be of great, vast service to humanity.’ Dr John F. Demartini

I believe it is of great service to humanity to help prevent avoidable blindness with orthoK and other forms of myopia control. To me it's an extraordinary privilege to tell a parent – ‘I’m not just going to watch your child getting worse and give them stronger glasses every year. I'm going to do everything I can to slow his / her myopia so they're more likely to have a lifetime of great vision.’ ~ Dr Amanda Rungis, optometrist

Amanda Rungis is one of the exceptionally few optometrists on the Central Coast to be qualified and experienced at fitting orthoK. She has been fitting children and adults with orthoK for nearly a decade. She is the Vice President of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania (OSO) and a board member of the International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control (IAOMC).

If you are concerned about your child’s vision, please make an appointment to see us as a soon as possible. You can book online or call 4337 6000 and speak to one of our wonderful team members. Identifying myopia as early as possible and controlling myopia progression is essential for long-term eye health.

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