It’s no secret we live in a digital age. For years, students around Australia have spent many hours each day in front of electronic hand-held devices and computer screens. However, the formal classroom is now in many households due to the pandemic. As a result, online learning is becoming a mainstream component of children’s education—around Australia, screen-time is increasing.
The link between increased indoor time, near work and myopia is now well established.1
Myopia is blurry long-distance vision, often referred to as short sightedness, and it is already on the rise in children worldwide. Current projections estimate half of the world’s population will be short-sighted by 2050. In Australia, we have seen the number of 12-year-olds with myopia double over a 6-year period.2
The comforting news for concerned parents and children is the body of research, information, and optical treatments to help prevent and slow-down myopia progression are now well established and continues to expand.
With the start of school in sight, now is a great time to see an optometrist to ensure your child has great vision for the year ahead. Some common eye conditions can be treated with simple eye exercises, eye drops or by changing visual habits, whilst others may need optical correction.
Please be assured; at The Island Optical, we’re here for you and your family’s vision needs.
Across the approximate 60 locations of Island Optical retail outlets, Optometrists working as independent practitioners are equipped and ready to assist and support your childrens’ school-life journey.
We are eager to share the latest technology from HOYA© in this regard! A newly developed spectacle lens design called: MiYOSMART© is an easy-to-use, effective, and non-invasive way to manage myopia in your child.
The MiYOSMART technology has been found to slow down myopia progression by 60% on average2.
The Island Optical is now an accredited provider of this new lens technology.
MiYOSMART by Hoya is in a Class of Its Own.
* For the wearer, MiYOSMART© lenses fit just like standard Single-Vision lenses making them easy to get use to. Come in and see a demonstration pair of glasses fitted with a MiYOSMART lens.
* MiYOSMART© uses the award-winning D.I.M.S technology to combine clear optical correction of the myopia with multiple treatment segments to curb the myopia progression.
* MiYOSMART© lenses are made from a patented impact-resistant material—safety for young children being a key benefit.
* MiYOSMART© lenses come with a durable anti-reflective coating and in-built protection for young eyes from harmful UV light, with its Eye Shield©.
Are you interested to know more?
Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to your nearest Island Optical today or or speak with one of the many MiYOSMART© accredited optometrists working as independent practitioners within the Island Optical and dispensing team. They can discuss which myopia control options are best for your child and talk to you about handy tips for managing indoor- time and screen-time.
Need to book an eye test for your child?
You can now book online for most of our locations.
The Island Optical stands proudly alongside you and your family. Discuss whether the exciting new MiYOSMART© lens will provide full marks for your child’s vision!
2 *Lam CSY, Tang WC, Tse DY, Lee RPK, Chun RKM, Hasegawa K, Qi H, Hatanaka T, To CH. Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (DIMS) spectacle lenses slow myopia progression: a 2-year randomised clinical trial. British Journal of Ophthalmology. Published Online First: 29 May 2019. The 2-year randomized clinical trial involved 160 children aged 8 to 13.
3 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.01.006. 2 years of data show a 60% slowdown of myopia progression on average—myopia progression (SER) slowed by 59% and axial elongation (AL) decreased by 60% compared with those wearing single vision lenses. Myopia progression was completely stopped in 21.5% of those wearing MiYOSMART. The 2-year randomized controlled trial involved 160 children aged 8 to 13.