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Managing Myopia in Children

What is myopia?

Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a condition that results in difficulty seeing distant objects clearly. Research has shown that the prevalence of myopia in the western world has increased from 20% to 40% in the past 25 years. In many Asian countries the prevalence is as high as 90%. It is estimated that half the world’s population will be myopic by 2050.

What causes myopia?

Myopia usually begins in childhood and is more common in children who have a myopic parent, although sometimes there is no family history. Other influencing factors are ethnicity, environment and spending increased amounts of time doing near tasks, including using smartphones, tablets and computers.

What are the risks of myopia?

The onset of myopia at an early age brings with it the likelihood of lifelong eyecare. Increasing levels of myopia are connected with a number of serious eye problems such as retinal detachment, cataract, glaucoma and macular diseases, with the risk of these becoming greater as the myopia increases. This is due to the eye becoming more elongated as it becomes more myopic. Just like a balloon becomes more translucent as you blow it up and the membrane is stretched, the eyes’ membrane becomes thinner and more stretched as it becomes more myopic.

How can we reduce the chances of myopia?

A key part of any myopia management is to encourage children to spend more time outdoors – ideally 12 hours or more per week. Studies have shown that increasing outdoor time helps to prevent myopia onset and development.

How can we help?

Although there is currently no cure for myopia, at Coakleys we are able to fit your child with contact lenses (MiSight) or glasses lenses (MiYOSMART) to slow down or possibly even halt the progression of myopia. Our eye care practitioners can advise whether your child is suitable to be treated. Every child is different and each treatment is tailored to suit both the child and the type of correction that needs to be controlled.


MiSight® contact lenses are soft daily disposable lenses that significantly reduce the rate of myopia progression. Soft, daily contact lenses are worn for a minimum of six days a week.

According to the two year data from the ongoing European study, the unique optics of the MiSight® one day disposable lens have been proven to slow down myopia by 59% compared to the control group. This means that if fitted early enough with this lens, most children will end up with less than half the strength of myopia than if fitted with a conventional contact lens or spectacles.

Contacts in eye
Children playing


This is an innovative spectacle lens for myopia management developed by HOYA together with its research collaborator. MiYOSMART glasses lenses use revolutionary technology to enable clear vision in the same way as a conventional spectacle lens, but with a treatment zone on the lens surface that consists of hundreds of small segments which provide an additional correction. It is this additional correction that aims to impact the progression of the level of short-sightedness.
Miyo Smart

So whilst the lenses are being worn your child will see clearly but also the growth of their eyes (and therefore the level of their short-sightedness) will be being managed by the technology.
As children are active, there is a need for the lens material to be impact-resistant to offer their eyes the protection they need. MiYOSMART lenses are made from a polycarbonate material which is a light, thin, highly impact resistant material that has passed the high velocity impact drop ball test. MiYOSMART lenses also have an anti-reflection coating as standard, which protects the lens surface with a high level of scratch resistance, and enhances vision by reducing glare effects compared to uncoated lenses.

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