Myopia (or short-sightedness) has become a fast-rising global epidemic. According to the World Health Organisation, 30% of the world’s population is currently myopic and is projected to increase to 50% (half the world’s population!) by 2050. Uncontrolled myopia increases your child’s risk for sight-threatening diseases.
Single-vision lenses are usually the go-to solution when it comes to refractive errors such as myopia. However, while single-vision lenses may help your child to see clearly, they do nothing to prevent your child’s myopia from getting worse.
If your child’s myopia is steadily progressing, this could become high myopia (requiring -6.0 dioptres or more of lens correction). High myopia increases their risk of acquiring sight-threatening diseases such as retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma later on in life.
Kids who love to do contact sport and water sport may lose interest because having to wear spectacles or daytime contact lenses hinder them or take away from the experience. When kids are limited by poor vision, it’s difficult for them to achieve their full potential on many things.