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Myopia control for children

Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a global issue. By 2050, it’s predicted that half the world’s population will have myopia. Here in the UK, the prevalence of myopia in children aged between 10-16 years has more than doubled over the last 50 years, and children are becoming myopic at a younger age.

If your child has myopia, there are now some clinically proven options available that can slow the rate of progression. If left untreated, myopia progression results in children needing thicker lenses for their spectacles and there is a risk of eye health issues such as retinal detachment and myopic macular degeneration arising in the future.

We offer a range of options to slow the progression of myopia or short-sightedness in children.

Following an in-depth eye examination, one of our expert optometrists will advise on the best course of treatment going forward.

Myopia control contact lenses can help slow the progression of myopia. MiSight lenses are comfortable to wear, easy to use and offer freedom from spectacles. They offer a wide field of vision and are an ideal option for playing sport.

We recommend that children who wear myopia control contact lenses take a break from them for one day per week. Having a pair of spectacles fitted with MiYOSMART lenses will ensure there is no regression in their myopia control treatment on that rest day.

MiYOSMART myopia control lenses for spectacles are just like wearing ordinary spectacle lenses. They provide vision correction so your child will experience comfortable vision for both near and distance vision, whilst working to reduce the progression of their short-sightedness. They are easy to adapt to and are suitable for full time daily wear. They're safe and durable - so suitable for active wear and they provide comprehensive UV protection. They are water repellent, which makes them easy to keep clean and they come with a special anti-reflective durable coating as standard.

Myopia control spectacles are a good option for children who are too young to wear contact lenses. We would recommend booking an appointment with your child’s usual optometrist to discuss further.