It’s only natural to ask questions when you’re thinking of undergoing eye surgery. On this page, we have answered the questions we are most commonly asked by patients – we hope that the answers provided will put your mind at ease.
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Questions about Presbyond
What happens if I can’t get used to the vision after Presbyond?
Presbyond laser vision correction can be reversed with a 2nd laser treatment.
How do I know if Presbyond will work for me?
A detailed ophthalmic assessment would be carried out to assess whether a not you can adapt Presbyond. Most people have no difficulty adapting to Presbyond vision.
Is Presbyond the same as multifocal implants surgery?
No. In Presbyond natural lens is left in place in the surgeon does not enter into the eye. The procedure is carried out by laser on the cornea.
What if I have Presbyond and later develop cataracts?
Having Presbyond surgery in no way affects cataract surgery if it is required at a later time. After the cataracts are removed the vision should return to normal and you should remain independent of glasses.
Questions about SMILE
Can I engage in contact sports after SMILE?
Yes, the cornea is stronger and there is no flap that might get displaced if there were a direct trauma to the eye.
How much time off work would I need if I have SMILE vision correction?
The preoperative assessment usually takes about 2 hours and your vision will be a little blurry until the drops wear off. This takes normally 6 to 8 hours. Many patients return to work the day after the surgery itself but many prefer to treat themselves to a little time off.
Can I have both eyes treated at the same time?
Yes. It is usual for both eyes to be treated at the same session.
How long does it take for my vision to become clear?
The vision is clear immediately and continues to improve in the days afterwards.
I am an organ donor and if I have laser vision correction would this mean that I cannot donate my eyes after I die?
Laser vision correction does not prevent the eyes being suitable for transplantation.
Questions about LASIK
Is Lasik still used today?
Lasik still has some applications today but the advantages of SMILE mean that it is the treatment of choice for the majority of patients. Presbyond is a modification of Lasik.
Questions about PRK
Is PRK still used today?
Photo Refractive Keratectomy, or PRK, is rarely used today but there are occasionally situations where it has advantages. A variant, Photo Therapeutic Keratectomy, is frequently used to treat an uncommon condition called recurrent erosion.
Questions about Paediatrics
I had a squint as a child, should I get my child checked?
Squints are often hereditary so that it is important to have your child checked as early as possible either if parent had a squint.
I have a lazy eye, should I get my child checked?
Yes, having a lazy eye can be inherited. Have your child checked as early as possible.
What can I do to avoid my child needing glasses?
Emerging evidence is beginning to show that spending time outdoors in the very early years of life protects against developing myopia. What the child does outdoors doesn’t matter, just being outdoors is enough.
Questions about Cataract Surgery
What are cataracts?
A cataract is the clouding of your natural eye lens. The lens is just behind the pupil of your eye and it helps to make a clear image on your retina. Usually, this lens is crystal clear. As a cataract develops, the lens becomes increasingly milky causing a greenish cloudiness. It may also cause a glare in bright lights and change in the focus of the eyes, needing a frequent change of your glasses. Eventually, the sight does not improve with a change of glasses. As cataracts develop slowly, many people are not aware of this creeping change. They only appreciate how poor their vision had been after the restoration of vision with cataract surgery.
What are the treatment options for cataract?
The only way to remove the cloudy vision of cataract is by surgery. There are options for how the eye is focused after cataract surgery by choosing a replacement lens that matches individual preference. The two main options are to aim for clear vision with or without glasses after surgery. When we aim for clear vision with glasses after surgery, you could either have both eyes focused for distance and have glasses for reading, or vice versa. When we aim for clear vision without glasses after surgery there three possible options:
- You could aim to have one eye focused for reading and one for distance, which we all monovision;
- You could have laser refractive correction after cataract surgery, called presbyond;
- You could have a multifocal lens implanted.
Can cataracts be treated with laser?
No, cataracts cannot be treated with laser. A lens with cataracts is removed by ultrasound. Many people assume modern cataract surgery by ultrasound is done by laser. There are new lasers which help in some of the steps of cataract surgery, but ultrasound is still required to complete the surgery.
How soon can I exercise after my cataract operation?
It is alright to resume normal activities within a few days of cataract surgery, depending on how you feel. Most people are able to resume gentle exercise such as returning to the gym, doing yoga and running within a week. The one exception is swimming, where we advise you wait at least a week to reduce the risk of infection. Some patients worry about being hit in the eye during sports such as squash, tennis and golf. However the risks involved with being hit in the eye with the ball, stick or racquet is the same as prior to surgery.
Can cataracts come back after surgery?
No, once a cataract has been removed it cannot recur. However, the capsule, the fine natural support on which the replacement lens implant rests, can become cloudy. This may cause the vision to deteriorate again. If this occurs, the cloudiness can be removed with a laser. This laser procedure is done in the outpatients clinic. It is painless and takes about 2 minutes.
When can I drive after a cataract operation?
Most people are able to drive the next day but tend not to as they are quite busy with drops and taking it easy.
When can I wash my hair after cataract surgery?
Patients who have cataract surgery at My-iClinic may wash their hair 24-48 hours afterwards. We recommend that you do so with your head tilted backwards. This is to prevent shampoo or soap getting in your eyes. A splash of shampoo would not damage the eye but the as eye would be more sensitive than usual it could be quite uncomfortable.
When can I bend and stoop after my cataract operation?
You can bend and stoop straight away after cataract surgery. We recommend you take things easy initially. We find that patients who don’t rest after surgery tend to take longer to heal.
How soon can I cook after my cataract operation?
You can cook straight away after cataract surgery. However we recommend you take things easy initially and allow your friends and relatives to pamper you at least for the first few days after your surgery. We find that patients who don’t rest after surgery tend to take longer to heal. If you experience any pain or blurring or have any concerns you should call the eye clinic or the mobile number you’ve been given for advice.
What happens if I move during the cataract operation?
Everybody worries that they would not be able to stay still or would have to cough. But they end up being surprised at how easy it is to lie still, for about half an hour that is required for their surgery. If you really have to cough or become uncomfortable during the surgery, just speak and the surgeon will stop. Some people worry they won’t be able to keep their eye open; we have a little device that supports your eyelids so you don’t have to worry about this.
Is surgery the only way to treat a cataract?
At the moment, cataracts can only be treated surgically. There have been attempts at eye drops for the treatment of cataract, but up till now none of these drops have been of benefit in preventing or treating cataracts.
What is the modern method of removing a cataract?
Modern cataract surgery is done by using ultrasound to break up the lens, which is then washed out though a small incision. At My-iClinic, we remove cataracts using the latest technology through the smallest incision. We then choose the best matched lens for your eye to bring your sight into your desired focus.
Does cataract surgery hurt?
Anaesthetic drops and anaesthetic infusion into the eye are used to numb the eye so that cataract surgery does not hurt. The surface and inside of your eye is numbed with anaesthetic prior to starting your surgery. After the anaesthetic, most patients experience no pain but feel movement. You would feel the hands of the surgeon on your forehead and many people describe seeing a kaleidoscope of bright lights. The anaesthetic may begin to wear off a couple of hours after your surgery. We advise that you take your usual painkillers in the first 24 hours after your surgery.
What happens if I fall asleep during my cataract operation?
Most patients stay awake at the time of their surgery because it is usually over in less than 30 minutes. Occasionally, some patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep. Most surgeons would wake the patient up gently if they start to fall asleep. This is only because they want to avoid any sudden movements that may accompany a startle if the patient was to wake up suddenly from deep sleep.
How long will I be in the clinic for my cataract operation?
On the day of your cataract surgery, you would be in the clinic for 2-3 hours in total. We advise that you organise for a friend or relative to bring you in and pick you up after your surgery. It helps if they also plan to spend some time to settle you in at home immediately after your surgery.
How long will my vision take to return to normal?
Most people would notice improvement in their vision within two days of having cataract surgery. This change depends on how bad the vision was prior to surgery. It takes about 6 weeks in most people for the vision to settle completely. We advise you to wait about six week before seeing your optometrist to continue your eye health care and upgrade your prescription if required.
Are there any risks of having cataract surgery?
It is more dangerous to live with cataracts than to have cataract surgery. Nothing in life is risk free. The intended benefit of cataract surgery is to improve vision. 95% of patients have improved vision if no other eye problems are present. There is a 5% risk of rectifiable surgical or refractive problems. There is a very low risk of less than 1 in a thousand of infection or haemorrhage, that may result in severe or permanent loss of vision. After a few months, some patients get membrane thickening behind the lens implant, which can be easily treated. You may need new reading glasses and/or distance glasses after surgery.
How long does the replacement lens last after cataract surgery?
The lens replacement after cataract surgery is permanent and does not need to be replaced. After a few months, some patients get membrane thickening behind the lens implant, which causes cloudy vision. This can be easily treated in the clinic with a quick, non-invasive laser procedure called a yag laser capsulotomy.
Is it alright for me to eat on the day of my surgery?
Yes, it is all right for you to have a light meal a few hours before your cataract surgery as the surgery is performed under local anaesthetic. Avoid having anything heavy which may make you feel uncomfortable, as you need to lie flat for about 30 minutes for your surgery. If you have reflux, remember to take all your usual medications.
What should I do about my usual medications at the time of cataract surgery?
You should take all your medication as usual on the day of cataract surgery, particularly your high blood pressure tablets. It is all right to continue to take aspirin and warfarin. If you are on warfarin, please get your INR checked to confirm it’s in the correct range within a week of your planned surgery. Please show your warfarin anticoagulant record book and a list of all your current medication to the nurse at the time of your admission.
When can I fly after cataract surgery?
There is no restriction on flying after cataract operation. Remember to bring all your post-op eye drops with you and use them as instructed. It’s important that you prioritise attendance at your post-op appointments when making any travel arrangements. If there is no urgency, it’s best to wait till after your routine post op appointment, which typically would be between 2 and 4 weeks after surgery.
How do I expect my eye to feel in the first few days after cataract surgery?
On the evening of your surgery, your eye may feel a little bit gritty as the numbing drops wear off. It is advisable to take your usual painkillers. Your vision may be blurred in the first 24 hours because of the dilating drops and also because you may have had some antibiotic eye ointment. In the next couple of days, the grittiness should wear off. Patients report that things are much brighter and things may be have a blue hue. If you experience any unexpected pain or blurring or have any concerns, don’t hesitate to call the eye clinic or the mobile number you’ve been given for advice.
How active can I be after my cataract operation?
You should take things easy for the first few days. You may bend and stoop but it is probably better to avoid heavy lifting for about ten days. You may wash your hair. The greatest danger is poking or rubbing the eye, as this can cause the valve to open, making the wound leak. Because some people rub their eyes in their sleep, we advise you to wear a protective shield (provided by the clinic) at night in bed for the first week only. After this time, you may gradually get back to full normal activities.
Can cataracts come back after surgery?
Once a cataract has been removed, it cannot recur. However, the fine membrane on which the implant rests can occasionally become cloudy, causing the vision to deteriorate again. If this happens, we can remove the cloudiness with a laser. This is done in the outpatients department; the treatment is painless and takes about 2 minutes. There is a misconception among some people that this laser can remove a whole cataract; it cannot, but it can remove the cloudiness that sometimes comes after the operation.
When can I drive after a cataract operation?
Most patients’ vision is adequate to drive the next day. Many patients prefer to rest for the first few days.
What should I do if complications arise after my cataract operation?
Call us immediately and tell us what you feel is wrong. We will see you immediately if necessary. We can be contacted 24 hours a day every day.
Is surgery the only way to treat a cataract?
Just because you have a cataract does not mean that you have to have it removed. Cataract surgery only becomes necessary if you are not happy with your vision and want to see better. Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns about your vision.
How long will I be in the hospital after my cataract operation?
Patients commonly spend only a few hours at the hospital or surgery centre, and are allowed to go home the very same day.
Can the cataract lens be replaced if it doesn't work?
Although this would be unlikely, the IOL can be replaced with a different one if needed. Ask your surgeon how they would handle this situation.
What precautions should I take after my cataract operation?
Every patient is different, so be sure to ask your doctor for advice on caring for your eye after the procedure. Your doctor may ask you to refrain from rubbing your eye or engaging in any strenuous activity for a few weeks after surgery.
Questions about Glaucoma Treatment
What is glaucoma?
Glaucoma is damage to the nerve which transmits eyesight signals from the eyeball to the brain. It is commonly associated with high pressures in the eye. There are many types of glaucoma. The two main types are open angle glaucoma, and narrow angle or angle closure glaucoma. Most of the time, when people talk of glaucoma, they are referring to open angle type, also known as chronic glaucoma. Chronic glaucoma is described as the silent thief of sight because the loss of vision is painless. Narrow angle glaucoma can have no symptoms but can progress to angle closure. In angle closure glaucoma, which is much less common, patients complain of seeing halos around lights and a dull eye ache. This may progress to severe eye pain, redness and blurring of vision associated with nausea and vomiting. Without treatment, glaucoma initially results in loss of peripheral field of vision then tunnel vision and eventually irreversible sight loss.
How do I know if i have chronic glaucoma?
In its early stages, chronic glaucoma has no symptoms, which is why it is called the silent thief of vision. Early diagnosis is only possible by regular sight tests by your optician or eye specialist. As such everyone over the age of 40 should have a sight test at least once every two years. There is a greater risk of earlier onset and more severe glaucoma if you are:
- Of black African origin;
- Have a close relative with glaucoma;
- Have high eye pressure.
Anyone with one or more of these risk factors should have their first check for glaucoma much earlier, perhaps as early as 25 years old. There is a risk of sight loss with late presentation of glaucoma.
What happens if I neglect getting tested for glaucoma?
If you are at risk of glaucoma and neglect getting tested, you risk damage to your sight. Everyone over the age of 40 or with a family history of glaucoma should have an eye examination at least once every 2 years. Chronic glaucoma has no symptoms. Without eye tests, glaucoma presentation is late and the risk of sight loss is high. Patients only become aware of tunnel vision when severe and irreversible damage has occured. Even at the late stages, some patients remain unaware, but friends and relative may observe that the patient has become more clumsy and prone to accidents with a greater tendency to trip and knock things over. Thankfully, most patients who regularly attend their sight test and comply with their recommended treatment retain good vision.
What should I expect at my glaucoma appointment?
When attending for any eye test, it is better not to drive yourself, as you may need to have drops that blur your vision. Be prepared to spend at least 90 minutes in the clinic. Please bring your current glasses and a list of your current medication with you. A full glaucoma assessment includes:
- General history and detailed questions asked relating to your eye health;
- An assessment of how wide and detailed your field of vision is;
- An eye pressure check;
- Detailed examination of your eye with a bright microscope and sometimes a special contact lens examination called gonioscopy;
- Various scans and images of the front and back of your eyes.
After all these tests, the doctor will review the results and discuss your diagnosis and treatment plan with you.
What are the treatment options for open angle glaucoma?
Broadly speaking, the treatment options for open angle glaucoma are:
The treatment chosen for you would be personalised to the severity of your glaucoma, your general health, any allergies or sensitivities you may have and the target pressure set by your eye doctor. We usually start treatment with eye drops. If the response to initial treatment with eye drops is inadequate, you may be offered additional glaucoma drops, laser treatment or surgery. The aim of all the treatment is to maintain your vision. It is important that you comply with your recommended treatment and attend your clinic appointments regularly.
What are the side effects of glaucoma eye drops?
The various drops used to treat glaucoma have different side effects. About 1 in 3 patients experience some redness and stinging in their eyes on commencing eye drops for glaucoma. These symptoms tends to improve within 6-8 weeks. Other side effects include breathlessness if you are asthmatic, sunken eyes, dark rings around the eyes and lengthening of the eye lashes. Please mention any side effect you may be experiencing to your eye specialist as you may benefit from a change to alternative treatment.
Can children have glaucoma?
Yes, children can have glaucoma, but it is very rare. Congenital glaucoma occurs in infants and juvenile glaucoma occurs between the ages of 5 and 35. The signs of Congenital glaucoma is a large eye with a glazed appearance. This may be accompanied by eye rubbing redness and watering. If your child has a combination of these signs, bring them to your general practitioner or nearest eye specialist. On the other hand, there are no early signs of infantile glaucoma. If you have a family history of early onset glaucoma or are concerned your child is having trouble with their sight, get them an appointment at your local optometrist for a sight test.
What is meant by narrow angle with risk of angle closure?
For us to be able to see, a healthy eye has to have transparent parts with no blood vessels. Nutrients and oxygen are supplied to these areas by a clear fluid called the aqueous. The exit route for the aqueous is the angle that lies between the coloured iris and the transparent cornea. If the angle becomes too narrow or closes, the fluid is not able to escape and the pressure builds up. Narrow angle is more common in older age as the natural lens gets thicker, particularly in long-sighted people. Your optometrist may observe this narrowing on routine examination and refer you to the hospital for further tests and treatment.
What is angle closure glaucoma?
Angle closure glaucoma is the sudden build up of pressure in the eye. Its symptoms are:
- Severe eye pain;
- Seeing halos around lights;
- Nausea and vomiting.
If untreated, this would result in loss of vision.
Angle closure glaucoma is commoner in:
- Older people;
- Long sighted people;
What are the treatment options for narrow angle?
The treatment of narrow angle helps prevent painful angle closure glaucoma, which happens in about 1 in 20 people with narrow angles. If tests confirm that the angle is dangerously narrow, then you would be offered laser treatment or surgery to create a safer fluid drainage route. The laser treatment is Yag Iaser iridotomy. The surgery is clear lens extraction. Your doctor would discuss which treatment is more appropriate for you.
What can I do to prevent my glaucoma from getting worse?
The interventions to help conserve your sight once you have a diagnosis of glaucoma are:
- Be compliant with your prescribed treatment. To achieve this, use your eye drops every day without fail, as prescribed;
- Attend all your clinic appointments regularly;
- If you are a smoker, it is beneficial to reduce or stop smoking altogether. Consider attending the smoke cessation clinic for support;
- If you are diabetic, make sure you have good control of your blood sugar;
- Ensure your blood pressure is optimally controlled. Too low or too high blood pressure are bad for glaucoma.
Can I exercise my eyes or massage my eyes to protect them from glaucoma?
No, there is no such thing as an “eye exercise” or routine eye massage for treating glaucoma. If you are concerned you have glaucoma, arrange to see your local optometrist or eye specialist for initial testing and advice.
What does target pressure in glaucoma treatment mean?
The target eye pressure is the pressure at which the likelihood of symptomatic loss of vision from glaucoma becomes negligible. This pressure is typically around 30% less than the eye pressure at the time of first presentation with glaucoma. Factors your specialist considers when setting your target pressure includes:
- Your age at the time of diagnosis;
- Your life expectancy;
- Your race and family history of glaucoma;
- The severity of your glaucoma;
- The condition of your other eye;
- Side effects of treatment and your preferences.
The aim of treatment is to stop or at least slow down the rate of progressive loss of sight from glaucoma, such that good useful sight outlives you.
What happens if the pressure in the eye does not fall below my target pressure?
There is a much greater risk of losing vision.
How do I find what my target pressure is?
The ophthalmologist looking after your case will work out what your target pressure is by assessing your eye and family history.
How do I know if the treatment is working?
Your ophthalmologist will tell you when the target pressure is achieved.
Can I live a normal life with glaucoma?
Yes. There are no restrictions on lifestyle.
I have glaucoma. Should my family be checked?
Yes. People with a close relative with glaucoma have a slightly increased chance of developing it themselves.
Questions about Macular Degeneration
What are the risks of getting macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration affects mostly older people and its incidence increases with age. About three people per 1000 over the age of 50 will develop macular degeneration.
It’s very rare in young people and it is usually due to an inherited abnormality.
Are there different types of macular degeneration?
Yes. There are inherited macular degenerations which affect mostly younger people but these are very rare. Most macular degeneration is categorised as “age-related” meaning that it occurs mostly in older people. In the age-related group there are 2 main types, dry and wet. The wet type is so-called because fluid leaks out of the blood vessels at the macular and this damages vision. However there is an effective treatment for wet type macular degeneration which involves injecting a drug into the eye. The dry type is characterised by a process best described as “wearing out” of the retinal cells at the macular so they no longer are able to see. Currently there is no effective treatment for the dry type.
What is the treatment for macular degeneration?
A group of drugs known as anti-vegF can reverse and improve wet macular degeneration. Currently, there are three different brands of these drugs, two of which are licensed. These are Lucentis and Eylea. Because they have been through the regulatory process they are far more expensive. Another drug of the same group known as Avastin is equally effective and equally safe. However it is not been through the regulatory process and therefore is much cheaper.
Can macular degeneration cause blindness?
Macular degeneration damages the central vision only. However, the central vision is very important and is the vision that allows us to read and to see fine detail. One way to imagine what it would be like to have macular degeneration is to remember the effect of someone taking your photograph with the flash. In the seconds after the camera flash you can see a black spot in the centre of your vision that moves around as you try to look about. Imagine a much larger black spot but instead of wearing off in a few seconds it’s permanent. This is the effect of macular degeneration. People who suffer from macular degeneration will always have enough vision to get about and will never be completely in the dark. However they may not be able to read or drive or to see the fine detail that they enjoyed previously.
Is there anything I can do to reduce my risk of developing macular degeneration?
Macular degeneration is more commonly seen among smokers and in people who have a poor diet. Diets rich in dark leafy vegetables such as spinach or kale contain nutrients that are believed to protect against the disease. Some practitioners advocate the use of supplements in the form of tablets but the evidence for their efficacy is very scant.
Questions about Myopia Control
Why do children need glasses?
Children need glasses to see clearly if their eyes are out of focus.
This could be as a result of :
- Short-sightedness, when close up items are clear and far items are blurred;
- Long-sightedness, when far items are clear and close items are blurred;
- Astigmatism, when objects do not come into single focus.
Glasses are also sometimes needed to help control a squint. The need for glasses in children is determined by genes they inherit from their parents, defects before birth and environmental factors. If you are concerned that your child has an eye problem, visit your local optometrist for an eye test.
What is myopia?
Myopia is near-sightedness. Myopes have longer eyes and the light rays fall in front of the retina. This results in blurring of the vision for mid and far distance. This means the myopic person is able to see objects held close to their eyes but distant objects are out of focus and can only be brought into focus with visual aids such as glasses, contact lenses or laser eye surgery. There is greater risk of vision limiting retinal problems later in life with high myopia.
What can I do to avoid my child becoming short sighted?
Current theories suggest that short-sightedness, also known as myopia, can be triggered by a lot of indoor living and close work activity. Having natural lighting in the house and spending a lot of time outdoors have been found to be protective against the development or progression of myopia. An easy reminder for preventing or reducing the severity of short sightedness is the 20-20-2 rule:
- For every 20 minutes of close work
- Look into the horizon for 20 seconds
- and Spend at least 2 hours everyday outdoors in daylight
If you are concerned about your child’s eyesight, get them an eye test as soon as possible at your local optometrists.
How do I know if my child needs glasses?
The easiest way to find out if your child needs glasses is to take them to your local optician for an eye test. If either parent needs glasses or had a squint or lazy eye, then the likelihood of them needing glasses is higher.
Can myopia in children be cured or prevented?
At the moment, there is no cure for myopia, but it can be controlled. Interventions aimed at controlling myopia are a new and growing field. Low-dose Atropine eye drops are currently considered to be the most effective intervention for controlling myopia. Research on the long term effects of atropine and other interventions are ongoing and no final conclusions have been reached. Other helpful interventions are:
- Lifestyle changes adopting the 20-20-2 rule
- For every 20 minutes of close work;
- Look into the horizon for 20 seconds;
- Spend at least 2 hours outdoors daily.
- Use of special multifocal contact lenses;
- Use of night-time contact lenses, also called orthokeratology.
Will myopia control hurt my child?
Current myopia control treatments are lifestyle changes, use of special contract lens and use of very low-dose Atropine. Atropine eye drops may be preserved so that they last 28 days. Preservatives in eye drops are used to prevent contamination. Preservatives may cause red eyes discomfort and changes to the ocular surface, especially if used for long periods of time. There is a great risk of vision-limiting retinal problems later in life with severe or high myopia. We believe the risk of permanent long term damage from myopia is reduced with successful myopia control treatment compared with no treatment.
Are there any risks associated with low-dose Atropine?
Low-dose Atropine (0.01%) is a hundreth of the dilution of Atropine 1% eye drops that have been used in clinical practice for decades. It is such a low concentration, that the side effects that typically occur with 1% atropine have not been known to occur at a bothersome level. The common side effects of 1% atropine are mainly blurred vision, sensitivity to light and, less common, erratic behaviour, skin rash, dry mouth, nausea and dizziness. Atropine eye drops may be preserved so that they last 28 days. Preservatives may cause red eyes, discomfort and changes to the ocular surface, especially if used for long periods of time
Will my child need an eye exam before starting myopia control treatment?
Before starting the myopia control treatment, your child would have an assessment of historical changes in glasses prescription, family history of myopia, detailed examination of the front and back of their eyes, test for glasses after eye drops and various non invasive scans of the eyes.
Do I need to bring anything to the myopia control clinic appointment?
Please bring all old prescriptions for glasses that the child has had, a summary of their general health and a list of all current medications.
Why are more people becoming short sighted (myopic)?
Myopia is on the increase in modern society and there is speculation that the reason for this is that much less time is spent outdoors in normal daylight and as a result of a tendency for a lot more close up working with modern living. Myopia research is an ongoing and evolving field.
How do I know if my child may have myopia?
If your child has myopia you may find that they have trouble seeing things from a distance. You may find that they sit too close to the television, squint or don’t pay attention in school because they can’t see the board from where they are sat. They may also complain about having headaches or tired like eyes when they are trying to focus on something from far away. Don’t ignore these signs and think they are just habits of children, early recognition and care can have a significant impact on the health of your child’s eyes.
Can myopia be cured?
Currently there is no cure for myopia. It’s a refractive error caused by the eyeball growing too long during childhood. When this occurs light entering the eye fails to form a clear focus on the light-resulting in blurry distance vision.
Can myopia be controlled? How?
Yes, there are proven methods that can be prescribed by an eye doctor to slow the progression of myopia during childhood. My iClinic will be introducing myopia control methods such as specially designed contact lenses contacts that are worn during the day in order to temporarily reverse myopia by reshaping the cornea. There will also be the option of low-dose atropine drops. Atropine has the power to slow down the progression of myopia and children all around the world have begun to receive treatment in clinics that have the drops. The lenses and drops that we prescribe can correct the blurry distance vision cause by myopia and relieve associated symptoms of myopia such as headaches, eye strain and squinting.
Will myopia control hurt my child?
No! As your child may be new to contact lenses or eye drops, sometimes there can be discomfort while he/she gets used them, this is natural. Over time they will become more comfortable with the treatment.
Are there any risks associated with low-dose atropine?
A study was undertaken to see if low-dose Atropine would influence the progression of myopia in young children, the children who took part in the study showed no side effects which furthermore proves that low-dose Atropine may be a solution to help slow down the progression of myopia in your child’s eye.
Will my child need an eye exam before starting treatment?
If you believe your child may be suffering from myopia you will need to schedule a consultation with our specialist. During this consultation, your child’s eye will be examined and you will be discussing the best course of treatment for your child as recommended by the consultant from the test results.
Do I need to bring anything to the appointment?
If you have any letters from previous clinicians then do please bring them along, other than that we just need the patient and any glasses they may wear.
This FAQ page is constantly expanding – please check back soon for additional answers.
In the meantime, please contact us if you would like to speak with a member of the My iClinic team.