MYOPIA MANAGEMENT PART 2-THE HOW

Optometrist Paul Moldovanos, Myopia
Myopia Control Article by Paul Moldovanos Optometrist

As promised:

• MYOPIA MANAGEMENT PART 2-THE HOW •

In the first article which introduces Myopia Management (also called Myopia Control), we discussed what myopia is and why the need to manage or control it.  In that article, an increase in myopia or short-sightedness, was equated to an increase in the length of the eyeball from front to back. It makes sense therefore, that controlling this deterioration must involve slowing down (or stopping) the eye from growing longer.
And that’s exactly what we do. We don’t stop it in an active or forceful way, rather we take away the reasons for it to want to grow longer.

Going back to the first article again, you will read that if we focus at near for too long, the eye uses a lot of energy, and so by becoming more myopic (by making the eye grow longer), allows the eye to focus at near without using as much energy.

Research has shown that of all the methods available to manage myopia, Orthokeratology overnight lenses (Ortho-K), is the most effective by a significant margin. Ortho-K involves wearing a special contact lens that is custom designed & manufactured for each individual eye, while you sleep. The lens exerts a gentle pressure which moulds the eye into a particular shape that does two things: in the medium to long term, it significantly slows down the progression of myopia by slowing down the rate by which the eye grows. And in the short term it corrects the myopia so that the wearer can see clearly all day without having to wear specs or contact lenses.  A safe alternative to LASIK.

For more information on Ortho-K, see our website www.paulmoldovanos.co.za

There are also ways to reduce eye-strain, like taking regular breaks, switching screens off 2 hours before bedtime and many more. These are are discussed during a normal eye exam appointment, and apply to adults & young people alike.

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