Myopia management is a treatment to slow down the progression of shortsightedness (myopia) by up to 60% using specially prescribed myopia management spectacle lenses or contact lenses for children and young adults, now available at Loxley.
Myopia Is Increasing
Approximately 2.6 billion people were diagnosed with myopia in 2020, this number is predicted to rise to around 4.9 billion by 2050!
Why Is this Important?
Shortsightedness is associated with diseases such as myopic macular degeneration, retinal detachment, cataract, and open angle glaucoma. The higher the myopia or nearsightedness, the greater the risk of developing these conditions.
However, if we reduce shortsightedness by just 1 diopter in an individual, we could reduce the risk of developing myopic maculopathy by 40% irrespective of the severity of myopia. Myopic maculopathy (MM), also known as myopic macular degeneration can cause visual impairment and blindness.
Specialised spectacle lenses and contact lenses are now available at Loxley to slow down myopia. We now regard myopia management as key to reducing the risk of these eye conditions for all children and young adults who are developing shortsightedness.
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