The Myopia control Clinic at Narayana Nethralaya was established with the goal to
“Flatten the myopia curve”
The Myopia control clinic is equipped with facilities for screening, diagnosing and controlling myopia progression in a holistic and customised manner. We also intend to identify children at risk of developing myopia in future with the use of latest technology & recent advances in myopia management.
Refractive errors like myopia are one of the leading causes of avoidable blindness in the world.
According to a recent Indian study, 17% children or 1 out of 6 children aged between 5-15 years suffer from myopia and this is expected to rise to an alarming 50% in 2050. This means half the children across the country and the world at large will become myopic.
At the Pediatric eye clinic in Narayana Nethralaya, about 65 % of the children visiting our clinic in 2019 had myopia. The year 2020 continued to witness an upward trend in the incidence of myopia .
With digital or e-learning approaches replacing face-to-face classroom-based learning and with lesser outdoor activities, there is a real concern of sudden escalation in myopia.
A child’s eyesight is a precious gift. Do not let myopia take away a child’s right to see clearly.
Myopia or near sightedness causes blurred vision. It is important to diagnose and treat it at the right time as it can affect the quality of life of the child and hinder the overall development.
The Myopia Control Clinic is managed by experienced doctors, optometrists, clinical faculty and equipped with the latest technology. Every child who visits the clinic will undergo a comprehensive eye evaluation and will be offered the best treatment along with newer research-based treatment options for slowing down myopia progression in children.
A tailored treatment, built on the assessment of risk factors and certain intricate features of the child’s eyes will be provided.
What is myopia and when does it occur?
Myopia is a condition that causes distance vision to be blurred.
This occurs when the eyeball is longer than a normal eye resulting in a mismatch between the length of the eye and it’s focusing power, making distant objects appear blur
Myopia usually first affects school going children. It is found to rapidly increase from the age of 5 to 15 years and often becomes stable around the age of 18- 20 years.
Myopia Treatment Options
There are various treatment options for myopia. Myopia can simply be treated with spectacles in children. However, in older children contact lenses can also be used to correct myopia.
Also, lifestyle modifications like maintaining visual hygiene and few hours of outdoor activity in daylight is advisable.
What is the Myopia master?
It is a device which measures all the important and intrinsic features of the eye like the length and curvature of the eye and the refractive error. The device has an in-built normative database which compares it with that acquired from your child’s eye and gives a rough prediction of how the myopia may progress in future.
Newer treatment options to slow down myopic progression.
- Specialised spectacles
- DIMS (Defocus incorporated multiple segments)
- Bifocal/progressive lenses
- Low dose atropine eye drops
Myopia Symptom Checker
Older children usually complain of the inability to see distant objects and difficulty in recognizing letters on signboards at a distance or copying notes from the board in classroom. They can also complain of headaches, eye strain or fatigue.
Toddlers and pre-school children can be challenging when it comes to detection of myopia.
As a parent you may notice your child
A walk through the Myopia control clinic
A walk through the Myopia control clinic
All children consulting our clinic will be screened for myopia and those who are already diagnosed with myopia will undergo a detailed evaluation (including specialised tests) periodically. The entire process can take approximately 2-3 hours. During the consultation, our doctors will assess the eyes of your child and the specialized test reports to determine the best treatment option for your child.
Once the child has been assessed and a treatment plan is rendered, a periodic assessment of vision and tracking of your child’s habits is only a touch away.
Through a mobile application, track your child’s vision and daily habits to keep them on check. Share this real time-information with your child’s eye doctor to get the best recommendation for your child.
How can you help?
As a teacher
THESE ARE THE HINTS THAT CAN CATCH YOUR EYE AS A TEACHER
OLDER CHILDREN MAY SIMPLY APPROACH YOU FIRST WITH THESE PROBLEMS
Narayana Nethralaya is embarking a myopia control campaign along with the teachers, with the aim of preventing and controlling the progression of myopia.
JOIN US IN THIS CAMPAIGN
AS A PEDIATRICIAN
A pediatrician gains the trust of a child and the parents, becoming the first one to be approached for any problem that a child may have. Here is how we can together make a difference to the child’s ocular health.
A simple Snellens chart in your clinic may serve as a screening tool
A timely referral for routine eye screening at the age of 1, 3 and 5 years can help pick important eye diseases
Children may develop myopia even at a tender age of 4 or 5 years especially if parents are myopic
GET IN TOUCH WITH OUR PEDIATRIC OPHTHALMOLOGISTS TO KNOW MORE
WHY IS MY CHILD NEAR-SIGHTED?
For a child who has either or both parents suffering from myopia, the risk increases by three times in case one of them is myopic and by 6 times if both parents are myopic
ENVIRONMENTAL OR NON-GENETIC FACTORS
Lack of outdoor activities especially in natural light and excessive near work for example- reading and playing videogames or using digital devices at close distance exposes one to a higher risk of developing myopia.
WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF MYOPIA AND WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO CONTROL MYOPIA PROGRESSION?
Uncorrected myopia can affect the quality of life of the child. It can result in eye strain and headache because of the constant need to focus on objects and maintain the focus.
Younger the age at which a child becomes myopic, the faster it tends to progress, leading to higher levels of myopia eventually.
As myopia progresses, there is excessive growth of the eyeball which can cause various complications like development of weak areas in the retina (myopic retinal degenerations), cataract and glaucoma, which if left untreated can result in loss of vision.
Therefore, myopia management strategy needs to be started as early as possible.
HOW DO WE CONTROL PROGRESSION OF MYOPIA?
Identifying children with myopic tendency and early detection of myopia by means of frequent eye check-ups is mandatory.
Once myopia is detected, timely intervention is a must as uncorrected myopia by itself can sometimes cause progression.
There are various measures to control myopia progression. Specialized spectacle lenses, low-dose atropine eye drops and orthokeratology where in contact lenses are to be worn at night and removed in the morning are some of the measures.
It must be kept in mind these measures are implemented in addition to the use of spectacles or contact lenses.
In addition, lifestyle modifications like maintaining visual hygiene and outdoor activities in daylight is highly recommended.