Myopia management program
Myopia management is now available across our Bradford, Leeds and Heckmondwike stores.
Myopia (short-sightedness) is a common eye problem. Sight difficulties caused by myopia can usually be corrected with prescription glasses or contact lenses, but myopia can also affect people’s eye health in other ways.
What is myopia management
There are several treatments designed to manage (slow down) the progression of myopia, particularly in children and young people. The ultimate aim of the program is to reduce the amount or myopia a child will develop thus decreasing their reliance on glasses and avoiding the health problems associated with myopia.
Premier Vision Myopia Management Program
At Premier Vision we offer two methods of myopia management:
- Daily disposable contact lenses
- Spectacle lenses
As both of these methods are considered medical intervention and affect the growth of the eyes, we take precise measurements and regularly monitor the heath and growth of the eyes during specialist appointments with specialist accredited optometrists.
What are the costs of the Myopia Management Program?
Myopia management doesn't currently receive NHS funding but we are able to offer this program as a private service.
We've bundled the assessments, product cost and aftercare into a convenient monthly fee of £50 by direct debit.
This price covers unlimited aftercare as well as replacement frames and lenses as they are required whether it's because of a new prescription or replacement due to damage or loss.
What sort of reduction should we expect?
Myopia control lenses have been clinically proven to reduce the rate of myopia progression by up to 59%
Frequently asked Questions
** Are the lenses thicker/ heavier than normal lenses? **
No, actually the opposite ... they are made of "polycarbonate" which is a very light material, thinner than standard lenses and impact resistant.
** Are there "exercises" in addition to the glasses? **
No exercises. We will just reiterate reducing close work and increasing outdoor activity ... basically lifestyle recommendations.
** Will these specialised lenses be needed forever? **
These lenses are recommended whilst the myopia is still progressing ... this would normally be until around age of 18 ... but with increased study you would expect this to continue into the early 20's ... we wouldn't envisage them being required past the age of 25.
** How would you monitor / assess the progress? **
A combination of (6 monthly) practice visits and questionnaires that you fill out at home. We would produce a "projection of myopia" and we would refer back to this at each visit to ensure we were in the "green" as opposed to the "red".
** How quickly would you potentially see the benefits of these new lenses? **
Myopic kids tend to change by 0.50 to 0.75 per year ... so we would hope that after 6 months the progression would be less than it would have been (if that makes sense). This is again gauged by referring back to our myopia projection.
** How does it work to slow down the progression of myopia? **
In a nutshell the lenses blur the peripheral vision. Research suggests that it's the peripheral retinal image that encourages the myopia to increase. We can explain this in more detail, with diagrams at your practice visit.