Myopia, also called shortsightedness, occurs when the eye fails to stop growing. The eye in myopia continues to elongate and causes the retina to stretch over a greater length.
Myopia control is a program of treatment that reduces the rate of growth of the eye and stops it getting too long. The longer the eye length, the greater the risk of complications over a person’s lifetime leading to blindness.
The use of Atropine 0.01% eye drops each night, before going to bed, vastly slows down the progression of myopia.
The efficacy of this measure is very well established. It is a safe procedure and, due to the low dosage, there is no history of side-effects.
Research has also shown that correcting the child’s vision with special multifocal contact lenses also slows the worsening of myopia.
At My-iClinic, we encourage the use of multifocal contact lenses for shortsighted children as they are better than glasses in slowing the progression of myopia.
The myopia control program is based on current research and is continuously updated as new evidence emerges.
The programme involves three steps:
Step 1: Adopt an emmetropic lifestyle.
Step 2: Correct your vision with multifocal contact lenses.
Step 3: Use Atropine 0.01% eyedrops daily.
What is an emmetropic lifestyle?
Emmetropia is the state of having normal vision without the need for glasses or contact lenses. An emmetropic lifestyle has the following features:
The person is outdoors in unfiltered daylight for a minimum of two hours a day. Sunlight is protective and especially at the blue end of the spectrum. It’s the one scenario where exposure to UV is a positive thing.
Avoiding prolonged close work such as reading or looking at brightly illuminated screens. Prolonged uninterrupted close work is believed by most researchers to promote elongation of the eyeball. A useful rule is that for every twenty minutes of reading one should look at the far distance for twenty seconds. The far distance means more than six meters.
Remember how great it feels to have happy and healthy eyes again.
By 2050 4.9 billion people will be myopic, most of whom have not yet been born. When they arrive in this world their eyes will contain the perfect algorithm for eye growth that evolved for millions of generations and has produced emmetropia (crisp clear vision). But as soon as they arrive in the modern urbanised world this algorithm is corrupted by unnatural environmental inputs which causes the eye to continue to elongate, resulting in Myopia. Plano 2025 is an organisation whose aim is that no child born after 2025 should become myopic. If we are diagnosing 10-year-olds with myopia in 2035 we have failed. And it is not a question of finding a “cure” for myopia, it is a question of allowing our future children to live in an environment that is close to nature. This will allow natural eye development and stop the development of myopia in the first place. Leave the eye alone and it will be perfect. This concept is not only true for myopia but for many of the crises that the human race is currently facing.
Meet the My-iClinic founders, Mr John Bolger and Ms Bola Odufuwa. Two consultant eye surgeons who made it their life goal to make your life better.
Consultant Ophthalmologist Clinic Director MBBS DO FRCS (Ed) FRCOphth MSc
Bola Odufuwa is a consultant ophthalmologist at The Royal Free Hospital and My-iClinic. Her specialities include cataract, glaucoma, paediatric, and laser refractive surgery. Bola has had extensive training at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, where she gained expertise in the management of various eye conditions.
Bola Odufuwa’s special interests include optimal refractive outcomes following cataract surgery, non-penetrating glaucoma surgery, and assessment eyesight in children with special needs: particularly dyslexia and autism.
Mr John Bolger
Consultant Ophthalmologist Clinic Director FRCS DO FEBOS -CR
John Bolger is a Consultant Ophthalmologist and Clinic Director at My-iClinic. His specialities include ophthalmology, laser refractive surgery (SMILE, Presbyond, LASIK, PRK, PTK), refractive lens exchange (RLE), cataract surgery, glaucoma treatment and macular degeneration.
Over the course of his career, John Bolger has carried out over 35,000 cataract operations, 20 of which were for eye surgeons. He has also taught over 1500 young ophthalmologists worldwide as they begin their surgical careers.
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