The most common cause of short sight is because the eye continues to grow too long. This in turn means the light is focused in front of the retina leading to blurred vision in the distance.
As the short sight progresses the structures of the eye become stretched, increasing the risk of many eye diseases including;
- Detached retina
- Early cataracts
There have now been several studies to show that early intervention with contact lenses can slow the progression of myopia in children. The best results have been when wearing mulfifocal contact lenses at least 5 days per week for a minimum of 10 hours. These contact lenses are available at Bird Opticians and carry a CE certificate for use in Myopia Management.
What do I do now?
Book a full free eye examination for your child. Children under 16 are entitled to a free NHS eye examination for once every year. Children under 18 in full time education are entitled to one every 2 years. If the results of the examination show your child to be myopic, your optometrist will advise you of your next steps. They may advise you book in to be assessed for contact lenses or to try spectacles first.
If your child has already has had an eye examination & the results show your child is Myopic, then you can book an appointment to assess the suitability for contact lenses; or alternatively talk to our qualified dispensing opticians about spectacles.
If you do not wish to use contact lenses speak to our dispensing opticians to discuss spectacles. There is some research that shows wearing progressive power spectacle lenses can slow myopia progression. In Australia, Hoya have a licensed spectacle lens specially for myopia progression; however, this is not currently available in the UK.