Treatment for children who are already myopic
There are numerous treatments for Myopic children that will be discussed between you and your consultant. Parents can consider:
There is evidence that children who spend significant time outdoors have significantly less myopia than those children who spend their day indoors. The distribution of levels of illumination around the eye might be one of the triggers that cause myopia. They should spend a minimum of two hours outdoors in daylight, every day.
Recent clinical trials demonstrated low-dose atropine eye drops such as 0.01% resulted in the slowing of myopia progression, with significantly fewer side effects compared to higher concentration preparation. We do not fully understand the exact mechanisms of how this works. However, the efficacy of this measure is very well established. The safety profile of the dosage and administration is very acceptable. So far there have been no reports of significant side effects of low dose atropine treatment in myopic children.
We now have special contact lenses specifically designed and proven to slow down the rate of progression of myopia in children. The special feature of these lenses is how they focus and redistribute light around the edges of the retina. This results in a more natural distribution of the levels of illumination in the retina. Researchers believe that one of the reasons the eye elongates is the uneven distribution of light in the retina. These contact lenses attempt to restore that distribution to a more natural one.
If you believe your child may have Myopia or has already been diagnosed, My iClinic can help. Now available is our myopia control clinic. This is a chance for you and your child to sit down with our Consultant Ophthalmologists and discuss how to stop the progression of Myopia.