Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common condition in which the eye focuses images in front of the retina instead of on the retina, resulting in blurred distant vision. Myopia typically starts to develop in childhood and can continue to progress throughout adolescence.
Myopia is becoming more common in children, and it is estimated that over half of the world's population will be nearsighted by 2050. There are several factors that are thought to contribute to the development of myopia in children, including genetics, environmental factors, and lifestyle factors.
Genetics play a role in the development of myopia, and children are more likely to develop myopia if one or both of their parents are nearsighted. Environmental factors, such as spending a lot of time indoors or doing close-up work, can also increase the risk of myopia. Lifestyle factors, such as a lack of physical activity, can also contribute to the development of myopia.
Myopia control is the practice of slowing the progression of myopia in children. This is important because myopia tends to worsen over time, and high levels of myopia are associated with an increased risk of eye conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachment. By slowing the progression of myopia, it is possible to reduce the risk of these complications and maintain good eye health.
There are several different treatments for myopia control, including glasses (Essilor STELLEST & Hoya MiYOSMART), contact lenses, and eye drops. Glasses and contact lenses can be prescribed with myopia control lenses, which are designed to slow the progression of myopia. Eye drops, such as atropine eye drops, can also be effective at slowing the progression of myopia.
ESSILOR STELLEST LENS: H.A.L.T. TECHNOLOGY
This lens has single vision zone, carrying the prescription of your child, brings sharp vision by perfectly focusing light on the retina. The lens design ensures a large prescription zone. This guarantees clear vision and comfort.
Light rays crossing the constellation create a volume of non focused light in front of the retina and following its shape. The signal allows to slow down the eye elongation.
With the H.A.L.T. technology, Essilor® Stellest™ lenses slow down myopia progression by 67% on average compared to single vision lenses when worn 12 hours a day*.
In conclusion, myopia is a common condition in children, and it is important to take steps to slow its progression to maintain good eye health. Myopia control treatments, such as glasses, contact lenses, and eye drops, can be effective at slowing the progression of myopia and reducing the risk of complications. Talk to your optometrist about myopia control options for your child.