High myopia and the associated length growth of the eye is an important risk factor for later eye diseases.
The number of people with myopia has increased massively in recent years. This growth in the length of the eyes represents an increased health risk in the long term.
The risk of retinal detachment, as an example, quadruples already at 3 diopters and is even 16 times higher at over 6 diopters. The adjacent table shows the increasing risk of higher myopia. An actual trigger for myopia is not yet known. However, there are factors involved in myopia development. Test now the risk of developing a high myopia on myopiacare.org
Can this development be stopped?
Yes! For years, extensive studies have been carried out in the field of myopia control. With early countermeasures it is possible to slow down the negative development significantly. The following table shows a summary of the procedures for myopia control and their effectiveness from over 30 scientific studies:
New soft Specialty contact lenses slow down the increase in myopia by up to 45%. We use the misight (CooperVision), a daily disposable lens which is replaced daily by a fresh contact lens, or the Mylo (mark’ennovy) monthly lenses. They correct myopia, but not astigmatism.
Orthokeratology is currently the most effective way to control myopia. These lenses are worn only during sleep and change the cell layers in the eye overnight so that people with myopia can see sharply during the day – without contact lenses or glasses. Myopia up to 8.0dpt and astigmatism up to 4.0dpt can be corrected. Further advantages are:
- Swimming, sports without restriction
- minimum risk of loss
- no dry eyes
- no foreign bodies under the contact lenses
- no impairment during hay fever
Orthokeratology have been successfully fitted in the USA and Australia for over 40 years. We ourselves have been practicing this procedure successfully since 2003 and are thus among the pioneers in Europe.