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Myopia Control Clinic explained

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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 Myopia Control Clinic is for children with myopia (short-sightedness).

In Europe during the 1920s, the incidence of myopia was just below 20% of the population. Now, it has exceeded 30%.

The current World Health Organisation prediction is that by 2050, half of the world’s population will be myopic.

Research shows that young children who use special eye drop instilled once a day have a significant reduction in the growth of their eyes. We offer Atropine 0.01% drops, which are safe and effective.

Additionally, My-iClinic offers a full range of medical services and lifestyle practices to help combat myopia in children at any age.

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.
  • Slows the progression of shortsightedness
  • It’s safe and easy
  • There are no side effects

This is the only treatment programme that has shown to be effective in reducing the rate of worsening childhood shortsightedness.

The programme slows down the progression of myopia and reduces the risk of blindness later in life.

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How it works

There are 3 easy steps to gaining freedom from contacts and glasses
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Call or send us a Facebook message. We’ll respond to any questions you have.

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Book the first step so we can examine your eyes and explain your treatment options.

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Remember how great it feels to have happy and healthy eyes again.

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Links to more information about eye conditions…

Educate yourself further by reading the links below

The NHS has provided an excellent overview of glaucoma, including causes, tests, and treatments. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a walkthrough of a cataract condition with examples of what your vision may look like, as well as treatment options. Click here for more information.

The National Eye Institute provides a great amount of information regarding macular degeneration. Click here for more information.

For the NHS guide to long-sightedness, click here.

For the NHS guide to short-sightedness, click here.

About Our London Eye Clinic Experts

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.

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Bola Odufuwa-Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

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.

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Mr John Bolger

Consultant Ophthalmologist
Clinic Director

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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