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Golden Vision’s long-standing team approach to myopia control and management has led us to be the leader in expert myopia control. Golden Vision’s myopia control doctors have been controlling myopia for the longest of any company and have gained deep experience from treating the highest number cases in the country.
Our team of expert myopia control doctors is led by fellows of The International Academy of Orthokeratology and Myopia Control. Our team of doctors are passionate about myopia control and take the time to train and teach other doctors to perform the best practices for myopia control. Our counselors of 15-20 years are knowledgeable as the result of Golden Vision has scaled to offering complex case solutions to our patients that include adults, post LASIK, Hyperopes, and more. Gold Vision is available 7 days a week to support kids schedules and any other concerns.
Myopia is more commonly referred to as nearsightedness, or the inability to see objects clearly at a distance.
Generally, a newborn’s eyeball is shorter than ideal, but its length increases with age. Under normal conditions, the length of the globe of the eye will increase to an ideal length by adulthood. With the eyeball at an ideal length, one will see perfectly all the time, both near and also at a distance.
Unfortunately, many eyeballs simply do not grow to an ideal length by the time a child reaches adulthood. Myopia is a condition where the globe of the eye has become elongated from its ideal length. This causes light to focus at the front of the retina instead of on the retina. A person with myopia (nearsightedness) will not be able to see things clearly at a distance without wearing corrective lenses such as glasses or contact lenses.
The globe of the eye overgrows due to both genetics and environmental factors. In the U.S., the prevalence of myopia in adults has increased from 25% in 1979 to nearly 50% in 2016. In China, the prevalence for myopia in the university student population is approximately 90%. The average degree of myopia among these students is over 4.00 D according to one study done in Shanghai.
GENETICS:Myopia in children increases when parents are myopic. The likelihood of children developing myopia increases:
1 in 2
When both parents
1 in 3
When one parent is myopic
1 in 4
When neither parent is myopic
Genetics play an important role in developing myopia. A child where both parents are myopic has a much higher chance of developing high myopia (over 6.00 D) than one with only one or no parent that is myopic. Asians also tend to be much more susceptible to developing myopia early in life. The progression of myopia in Chinese, according to many studies, averages at an 0.8 D increase per year between the ages of 7-14 years old, which is in most cases the fastest growth period in terms of the length of the eyeball. It is not uncommon to see an over 2.00 D increase in a single year in Chinese children. These children who are nearsighted at a young age (10 years old or under) are very likely to become highly myopic. Asians also tend to have a higher degree of myopia and the degree of myopia may continue to increase through their early adulthood.
Modern lifestyles may influence the development of myopia.
Insufficient time spent outdoors
There are many studies that show outdoor activities with sun exposure helps to slow down increases in myopia. A lack of sun exposure can be a contributing factor to the development of myopia in children. A rule of thumb for a good amount of outdoor activities to prevent myopia progression is 12 hours a week for children during their growth years.
AGE 0-7 (Pre-Myopia Stage):
a. Prevention by proper lifestyle
b. Identify higher risk of myopia
c. Prophylaxis treatment
AGE 7-14 (Rapid Myopia Stage):
a. Early detection of myopia
b. Aggressive treatment of myopia
c. Myopia control program: multi-prong approach: NWOK, MISIGHT soft multifocal, custom soft multifocal lenses, Eye drops once a day, special myopia control glasses
d. Monitor axial length ( eyeball elongation) for treatment dosage
AGE 14-20 (Slower Myopia Increase Stage):
Less aggressive treatment needed.
AGE 20-30 (Stabilization Stage):
a. Discontinue treatment
b. Refractive surgeries
AGE 30-50 (Post-Stabilization Stage):
a. Refractive surgeries
b. Myopia education for their children
AGE 50-65 (Myopic Diseases Management Stage):
a. Onset of presbyopia
b. Myopia related disease treatment and management
AGE +65 (Morbidity Management Stage):
Reduce morbidity to improve living with myopia related diseases.
Based on data obtained from the various diagnostic tests done during the initial consultation, as well as a relevant lifestyle history and genetic predisposition, doctors will design a customized myopia prevention program for the myopic patient. The primary purpose of the treatment program is to maximally slow down or stop the progression of myopia.
Slowing down myopia progression by 50% can reduce the chance of developing high myopia by 90%. It is also known that the higher the myopic prescription, the higher one’s chance of losing vision later in life. Therefore, slowing down the lengthening of the globe of the eye, so as to keep myopia at the lowest possible degree is of utmost importance to our children.
There are four distinct treatment therapies mentioned (Ortho-K, BT50, atropine .01% and soft dual-focus lenses), Night Wear Ortho-K is by far the most proven and effective in the control of myopia progression. Ortho-K also has the additional benefit of not having to rely on glasses or contacts to see well during all waking hours. Children, especially those who actively participate in sport activities, love the crisp vision afforded without corrective lenses, not to mention the added confidence and self-image of not having to wear eyeglasses. Virtually 100% of all night wear Ortho-K patients do not need to use glasses to see well during the day.
The most effective myopic control program is a combination of different treatment modalities as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle and good visual hygiene. Our doctors often prescribe Gold NW Ortho-K lens users Atropine 0.01% eye drops and BT50 glasses as extra protections against rapid myopia progression in children and young teens. Our doctors often prescribe Gold NW Ortho-K lens users to also apply Atropine 0.01% eye drop and BT50 glasses as extra protections against rapid myopia progression in children and young teens.
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Orthokeratology, shortened to Ortho-K, is a non-surgical system that temporarily improves the condition of refractive vision issues when used as directed. Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a refractive vision issue that causes people to have difficulty seeing objects when they are far away, caused by a lengthening of the eyeball. Ortho-K uses custom fit contact lenses to reshape the cornea when worn overnight. When the user gets up in the morning, they take the specialized lenses out and experience less severe vision difficulties over the course of the day.
Ortho-K is typically prescribed for children, as most patients with refractive vision problems develop them as a child, before the eyeball stabilizes in early adulthood. However, some adults use Ortho-K to control myopia as well, due to genetic factors that give them a predisposition to myopia. For example, the rate of myopia in the Asian community is around 90%. Ortho-K is also used to correct farsightedness (hyperopia) and astigmatism.
Atropine at a 1% concentration has long been known to be the most effective treatment for progressive myopia. This eye drop medication at this concentration has been very popular with children suffering from myopia in Asian countries such as Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore for many years. There have been many studies that show a better than 80% effectiveness in slowing down myopia progression using atropine at a 1% concentration.
Although atropine 1% is proven to be safe and there are no long-term negative side effects. It has, however, the temporary side effects of light sensitivity and blurry near vision. Even though the side effects invariably go away as soon as the patient stops the drops, very few doctors in the US prescribe atropine at 1% concentration for myopia control.
In 2018, the landmark ATOM study of different concentrations of atropine and effects in myopia control showed that atropine at a 0.01% concentration (diluted 100 times) has 50% effectiveness in curbing myopia progression without the side effects experienced at higher concentrations. Thus, atropine 0.01% has become the standard treatment for progressive myopia. Children with myopic parents, those who spend a lot of time reading with lots of school work, and those who have developed myopia at a young age are the primary users of this once a day drop. Atropine 0.01% is not commercially available in the USA. It takes strict compounding pharmacy conditions to obtain a stable and effective eye drop at low concentration. At Golden Vision, we are proud to provide you dependable sources for good quality Atropine 0.01%.
Atropine 0.01% can also be used as adjunct treatment with other myopia control methodologies such as Ortho-K, soft dual-focus lenses, and BT50 glasses. The most recent study showed that atropine 0.01%, when used in combination with Ortho-K, increases the effectiveness of myopia control by 20% over Ortho-K lenses alone.
BT50 Glasses and Proper Visual Hygiene
We cannot change our genetic makeup, and those who have “myopic” genes are more prone to negative environmental factors that worsen myopia. A recent study found that children who have the APLP gene and spent a large amount of time reading had an increased disposition toward myopia compared to those without the genetic variance. What we can do is to educate our children to practice proper visual hygiene in order to reduce damaging impact caused by these environments.
1. BT50 glasses (+0.50 blue-light filtered reading glasses). For children who are already being treated with Ortho-K and soft multi-focal lenses to control the progression of myopia, they no longer need to wear glasses to see well at any distance. However, to increase the effectiveness of the treatment, BT50 glasses are often prescribed for children that spend a lot of time reading books and viewing digital screens such as a computer or cell phone. BT50 glasses provide two mechanisms that increase protection to the eyes. They reduce eye strain caused by vision fatigue when one does a lot of close-range reading, and they also filter out the harmful blue frequency light emitted by digital devices.
2. Good reading habits are good visual hygiene. Do not bring reading material too close to the face. It’s best to maintain a minimum reading distance of 12el from the face. Take frequent breaks to view objects at a distance of 20 feet away after 20 minutes of continuous reading to relax your eyes. Avoid using a smartphone for an extended period of time. It’s best to use the BT50 glasses every time one finds oneself reading or viewing a digital device for over 30 minutes.
Due to the success of Ortho-K in slowing down the eye elongation problem in many children, medical researchers have been looking for other alternatives to the treatment of progressive myopia, including specially-designed soft contact lenses that can create the “therapeutic” retinal image that in the past was only possible from Ortho-K lenses. Today, several custom-made soft lenses are able to simulate the same therapeutic retinal images of the Ortho-K lenses. It is expected that soft lenses for myopia control will eventually rival Ortho-K lenses in popularity.
Some of the advantages of soft contact lenses are easy adaptation, great comfort, and the ability to be made for any prescription and conform to many eye shapes that are more difficult for night-wear Ortho-K lenses. For example, some patients have congenital eye conditions where the eyelashes tend to roll inward causing a constant rubbing of the cornea.
Soft dual-focus lenses can serve as an eye protection against the eyelashes scraping against the delicate surface of the eyes. These lenses are also helpful to those who are unable to adapt to wearing Ortho-K lenses overnight. The effectiveness of the soft dual-focus lenses alone are shown to achieve a 30-40% slowdown in growth of the axial length of the eye.
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