The eyes have it - why you should say 'MiYOSMART' when considering your child's vision needs

At Island Optical, we're passionate about one of your child's most valuable assets in their life and their schooling life: their vision.

You have organised backpacks, shoes, lunch boxes, uniforms and textbooks but have you booked an eye test checkup? You and your children only have one pair of eyes so you need to take good care of them.

If your child is already wearing prescription eyewear, another development may need serious consideration, new prescription glasses with MiYOSMART Lenses. The conversation around the range of suitable children's prescription glasses has never been more exciting. Why? Because there has never been a more effective lens for myopia management. These special lenses are fitted to a normal spectacle frame so are child-friendly! No drops and No Contacts Lenses!

Island Optical Presents

Your 3 Point, Myopia Short-sightedness Information Page

We've prepared this easy-to-navigate resource, answering THREE of the frequent questions parents raise on behalf of their children concerning the options to treat myopia (short-sightedness).

1. What is myopia (and isn't)?

2. How can you incorporate prescription glasses and lifestyle techniques to help reduce the progression of myopia (short-sightedness)?

3. Explain the features and benefits of an easy effective way to reduce the progression of myopia in your child: Hoya MiYOSMART lenses.

1. What is myopia?

The term myopia means; near-sightedness. Vision is clear up to a certain point or position for a myopic eye (or pair of eyes). As images, objects or text is more distant, vision becomes less clear or blurry.

More children are presenting with and complaining of near-sighted vision issues: Several factors including environmental and behavioral factors may be related to this. As we continue to thrive and live in a digital age, a lifestyle heavy on digital devices, studying, online schooling and gaming may be major contributing factors.

Myopia is a condition where by the shape of the eyeball causes a refractive defect of the eye. The defect impedes the eye(s) from bending light correctly for clarity of vision at a distance. Myopia often increases in childhood as the eyeball grows resulting in an increased minus-script.

2. Taking care of my child's eyesight: What should I do?

Holistically, healthy eyes and vision require a mix of elements. Here are a few simple reminders to consider.

  • Time at play: Specifically outdoors (a minimum of 2 hours a day).

  • Breaks from intensive screen time: One easy way is to introduce the 20-20-20 rule. 'Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break to look at something 20 meters away (or further, if there is a window to glance out of).

  • Inspect the home office/school desk setup: Take note of the lighting, chair, screen positions. The fancy word for this is ergonomics - Is your child's study area/computer desk set up for success?

  • Regular visits to your eye care professional: Island Optical retail outlets in Hobart and Launceston have optometrists working independently, on-site. Planned check-ups ensure vision problems, such as myopia, are recognised and managed early. Our independent professionals are in the best position to assess your child's vision needs and plan the most effective way to reduce the progression of myopia or manage other eye sight issues.

3. Meet MiYOSMART By Hoya!

Refractive eye tests and prescription eyewear has been the foundation for correcting vision needs for decades. MiYOSMART has s providing another exciting means of improving vision.

MiYOSMART Features and Benefits

An award-winning and clinically proven solution

This prestigiously awarded optical lens may reduce the progression of myopia in your child and help participation in vision dependent activities including education and sport.

Ease of use

Unlike other methods for controlling short-sightedness (drugs, orthokeratology, use of contact lenses), the MiYOSMART prescription lens design is fitted to a normal glasses frame. This unique lens technology does its job simply by being worn regularly.

Today, prescription eyewear is a mainstream trend. For many, it's practically a fashion statement! As a result, your child will not feel like they stand out from the crowd. Additionally, as a parent, you may feel out of your league regarding myopia management, considering the time constraints and experience needed with other, often invasive uncomfortable methods of managing myopia.

The MiYOSMART lens design, coupled with the Island Optical team, is a winning combination for you and your family! That’s Super!

We encourage you to lean on our understanding and expert knowledge regarding the choice of prescription glasses available to your child.

Underscored by our SUPER SERVICE | SUPER SAVINGS motto, we would love to discuss this brilliant product with you and your family.


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Do you want your child to get the best performance out of one of the most important tools they will ever take to school?

Please, get in touch today and book an eye test.

References: *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. doi: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2018-313739