Announcement: I will be closed until 13th August for annual leave.

Myopia Control

WHAT IS MYOPIA?

Myopia is also known as "near-sightedness" or "short-sightedness" and is a condition of the eye where the eyes have excessive focusing power, therefore causing light to inaccurately focus inside the eye, resulting in blurred vision.

Is Myopia a serious condition?


Yes, it's not just about glasses or contact lenses
Potentially blinding with irreversible loss of vision
Increased risk of cataract, glaucoma, macular disease, and retinal detachment
woman holding glasses

Lack of Awareness


65% of Australian parents with children aged 17 and under don't know what myopia is
76% of Australian parents believe that a regular pair of glasses is the best treatment option
31% of Australian children have never been to an optometrist by the age of 17
Boy with glasses

How common is Myopia in Australia?


🌐Looming worldwide epidemic
πŸ“ˆ Age of onset has moved from 11 years of age back in the 1980s, to just 8 years of age today
❗Prevalence of myopia in 12-year-olds has doubled in 6 years
🏫1/3 of children have myopia by the time they finish high school
πŸ‘¨β€βš•4% of these children are much more likely to suffer serious eye health problems
Seed 1 Day Pure Image

Are all optometrists able to prescribe myopia management products?


βœ” There are many different options now for myopia management, however, the majority of optometrists are still prescribing single vision lenses that do not offer any protection.
πŸ‘©β€βš•Dr Carina Trinh (optometrist) is the only accredited practitioner in the Burwood/Strathfield area to prescribe NaturalVue and EDOF 1 Day SEED contact lenses. These offer a higher prescription range possible compared to other daily disposable lenses available for myopia management.
πŸ“Œ She offers the full gamut of treatment options for myopia management including MiyoSmart (Hoya DIMS) spectacle lenses, Stellest (Essilor H.A.L.T.) spectacle lenses, orthokeratology, MiSight (CooperVision) daily disposable FDA approved soft contact lenses, and can prescribe compounded low dose atropine for myopia management.

What are the risk factors for myopia?

  1. Parents with myopia
  2. Increase close up work/screen time
  3. Asian ethnicity (faster progression)
  4. Highly educated parents
  5. Glasses that are not up to date
HappyKids

What can be done?


🀳Reduce screen time
⛹‍♀️Have children spend 90 min to 120 min daily outdoors (while wearing sun hat and sunglasses)
πŸ§˜β€β™‚Take breaks every 20 min when on screens/reading for 5 minutes, if a break is forgotten and it's been 40 min, then take 10 minutes off
πŸ’‘Good lighting (don't read in the shadows / in the dark)
πŸ‘©β€βš•3 monthly - 6 monthly axial length measurements to measure the efficacy of treatment
πŸ‘€Regular 6 monthlyΒ eye examinations at a trusted optometrist who is up to date with the latest research for myopia in children

What can be done if your child is already myopic?


  • 3-6 monthly eye exams with axial length measurements
  • Proactive myopia management options including
    • Orthokeratology night contact lenses
    • MiSight 1 Day (CooperVision) or Abiliti 1 Day (Johnson & Johnson) daily disposable contact lenses
    • Miyosmart spectacle lenses (Hoya DIMS)
    • Stellest spectacle lenses (EssilorLuxottica H.A.L.T.)
    • NaturalVue daily disposable contact lenses
    • SEED EDOF 1 Day
    • Extended focus spectacles
    • Low dose atropine (0.01% - 0.05%)
    • or alternative treatment options depending on the recommendation from your optometrist and discussion with parents as to what will be the best option for the child.


Let's take care of your eyes!

Available hours will change from time to time, so please check through the online booking portal, email, or text me with any requests.

Carina Image
Β© 2021 carinaeyecare.com.au
Contact via email, WhatsApp, or SMS. Phone calls are seldom answered, and voicemail may be missed.