Advanced Optometry, 113 Wickham Tce Brisbane City Qld 4000

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OptometrY & Advanced contact lenses

Myopia Control


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We can slow the progression of short-sightedness (myopia).

The eyecare community's understanding of short-sightedness (myopia) has changed. Myopia used to be thought of as a condition which was unable to be influenced however we now know that with intervention we can significantly reduce the rate in which is progresses. 

The most common form of myopia occurs when the eye grows too long for its optical system comprising of the eye's cornea, lens and internal fluids. A fraction of a millimeter in excessive length can create a substantial amount of myopic blur. 

One way of slowing down the progression of myopia is with the use of orthokeratology contact lenses. These custom designed rigid contact lenses are worn overnight and not only correct the vision so that there is no need for glasses or contact lenses the next day, they also slow the rate of myopia progression by about half. That means, that patients who wear these lenses only get worse at half the speed of patients who wear traditional glasses. 

Studies have also confirmed that a similar slowing of myopia can be achieved with the wearing of multifocal soft contact lenses during the day. Two such products are Coopervision MiSight and Naturalvue 1 Day. 

Myopia control is an extremely important aspect of eye care in that patients who are very short sighted not only are more reliant on their visual devices for correction, but also carry increased risks of retinal detachment, glaucoma and myopic retinal degeneration. All of these conditions are potentially blinding. 

We have extensive experience in fitting orthokeratology contact lenses and are one of the first practices in Australia approved to fit Coopervision MiSight TM contact lenses for children and adults, and Naturalvue 1 Day. 

More information on orthokeratology is here 

More information on MiSight is here

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