Hoya MiYOSMART is the latest myopia control lens now available in Singapore at Visio Optical. It sets itself apart from other myopia control lenses by using DIMS technology. DIMS is developed by Hoya and researched at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. This innovative solution slows the progression of myopia in children by up to a formidable 59%, while still being safe, effective and non-invasive.
At Visio Optical, we love Hoya MiYOSMART. Why? Because it is simple and very effective. And compared to other alternatives, MiYOSMART makes a big difference to children’s eyesight, all without surgery. To find out more, consult our friendly optometrists at Visio Optical Singapore.
Hoya MiYOSMART: The best myopia control lenses for your children
MiYOSMART is a non-surgical treatment for myopia that is safe for children and teenagers. It is pain free, comfortable, and easy to adopt. It slows down the progression of myopia in young eyes by controlling how the image reaches the retina.
This prevents the eye from elongating and changing shape to focus on the distance. Hence, it prevents the eye from becoming more near-sighted. And since the treatment does not affect the daily activities, your children can still play sports and watch movies without being limited in any way.
1. What is myopia and why is it a problem for children?
Myopia (commonly known as short-sightedness) is the most common form of refractive error. It affects millions of people worldwide.
In simple words, myopia is the inability of the eye to focus clearly on objects that are distant. In the past, people considered myopia as just a nuisance, something that we can easily fix by wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses.
However, with more studies and information, we now know that myopia is indeed a medical condition that can lead to a series of consequences if our eyesight keeps deteriorating.
Typically, myopia starts early in life. Studies have shown that more and more children with myopia need to wear eyeglasses every year. And, compared to the past, children start wearing spectacles at younger ages as well.
Research also shows that people with myopia will have high chances to develop eye conditions, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal degeneration, retinal detachment, and macular degeneration.
Therefore, we don’t consider myopia as just a trouble with easy fix. Instead, nowadays we learn to think of myopia as a “disease”, that needs proper care. And the earlier we do something for our kids, the better.
In other words, it isn’t a solution for children with myopia to simply wear eyeglasses. Rather, it should be of greater concern that they are likely to experience serious eye problems later in life, as adults and as seniors.
Myopia is a growing problem, and it is also a global concern. An estimated 5 billion people, or half of the global population, could be affected by short-sightedness by 2050.
The incidence of myopia is expected to increase significantly as lifestyles change, with children taking part in more near-work activities like using digital devices, studying, reading, and spending less time outdoors. Hereditary, behavioural, and environmental factors also play an important part.
2. How do we diagnose short sightedness in children?
How to tell if your children have myopia? Here are some common symptoms that show that your children might have short sightedness.
It is important to know that children with myopia have trouble looking and objects that are distant. For example, they have trouble reading letters and numbers that are at a distance of 2-3 meters or more.
That includes reading the blackboard in the classroom, watching a show on television, and the seeing the bus numbers before the buses reach a bus stop. These are signs that your child might indeed have myopia. However, that is not an appropriate diagnosis. Furthermore, many parents and educators incorrectly think that once children pass screening for vision problems, they’ve no vision problems.
However, for a proper assessment of myopia in your children, it is necessary a comprehensive eye exam by a trained optometrist or optician. During the exam, the optometrist can test the visual acuity (sharpness), depth perception, eye alignment, and eye movement.
3. Can myopia be cured?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for myopia. But there are ways to prevent it and to treat those who have it. Myopia is very common and affects millions of people. One of the leading causes of vision impairment is uncorrected myopia.
At least 50% of all students will develop some form of myopia, and it is estimated that 20% of school-aged children have severe myopia that requires glasses for near vision correction. Many children with myopia, particularly those who have parents or guardians who suffer from myopia, start out with a mild case of the condition. These children are often unaware that their vision could become severely impaired as adults. In addition, it could affect their learning and growth.
4. Why Hoya MiYOSMART?
MiYOSMART is an innovative spectacle lens for myopia control. Hoya developed MiYOSMART in collaboration with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Its research is based on two-years’ worth of clinical trial results. It is proven to curb myopia progression by an average of 60% with its award-winning DIMS (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments) technology.
5. What is DIMS technology?
DIMS technology is the latest and award winning technology by Hoya. DIMS stands for Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments. It works by having a central optical zone for correcting refractive error. Around this zone are 100s of defocussed segments evenly distributed, extending to the mid-periphery. These blurry elements form a honeycomb structure surrounding the 9.4mm centrally focussed sharp zone. This design helps to control and curb myopia progression.
By providing clear vision and myopic defocus simultaneously at all viewing distances, the lens makes use of the natural homeostatic mechanism known as “emmetropisation”, whereby the eyeball adapts and shapes to receive focused images as it does for normal vision.
– Curb myopia progression on average by 60%
– Slow axial eye growth on average by 60%
6. What happens during the adaptation phase of Hoya MiYOSMART spectacle lenses
In the first moments when the children put on the lenses, they often report a somewhat blurred vision.
However, the child will learn very quickly to adjust their heads so that they only see through the sharpest part of the lens.
MiYOSMART spectacle lenses are fully accepted by children after 2-3 days. After this short adaptation period. the DIMS technology is no longer noticeable
7. Who can benefit from myopia treatment?
Hoya recently released results post a 3 year follow up on MiYOSMART use. In this 3 year follow up study, there were 65 children from the original group of MiYOSMART users from its original study and 55 children who moved from using a single-vision lens for 2 years to the MiYOSMART lens only in their third year.
- In the original group of children using MiYOSMART: Myopia progression had slowed down
- For the group of children who moved from single vision lens to MiYOSMART: The study showed a significant and immediate slow-down in myopia progression
- More than 80% of these children had myopia progression of less than 0.50 diopters
- 70% showed progression of less than 0.25 diopter
[Every +1 diopter point = a 67% increase of developing Myopia Macular Degeneration]
From Hoya’s released study, we can conclude that MiYOSMART effectively slows down myopia progression in children. In addition, it is still effective even when myopic children start wearing MiYOSMART lenses at an older age (10-15 years old).
Despite the fact that MiYOSMART is also effective for children of older age, we recommend that children start using myopia correction lenses as early as possible so as to lower the chance of your child developing high myopia in the future.
8. How long should Myopia Correction Lenses be used?
It is best to wear this type of lenses until the eyes show no progression anymore. In other words, we recommend the DIMMS lens design from an early age of 6 until probably the mid-twenties when myopia is more stable.
We usually consider treatment once myopia starts in children parallel to schooling as that is when children spend a lot more time looking at closer distances. By the same vein, the myopia treatment should continue to university when they have to learn and continue the pattern of close vision.
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