Current research indicates that we are, as a nation, becoming more short-sighted – Myopic. This condition probably stems from childhood, genetics and reading smart phones and electronic gadgets especially in dim light combined with less time outdoors.
Myopia can get worse as children grow older. Reducing the progression of myopia is now possible and we can employ several treatments which have been successful in slowing down myopia. Myopic eyes are more at risk of detrimental eye conditions such as retinal tears, myopic maculopathy and retinal detachments.
Myopia management refers to various interventions aimed at slowing down the progression of myopia in children and adolescents. All interventions are available at Hammond and Dummer and include overnight contact lenses, multifocal contact lenses and specific spectacle lenses. These methods work by altering the way light enters the eye, which can reduce the elongation of the eye that leads to myopia progression.
We are one of the few opticians in the UK to have invested in the lasted Myah instrumentation from Topcon. This instrument allows us to monitor the length of the eye and monitor the change over time. It allows us to predict the prognosis of myopia and how well lenses and contact lenses are performing.