WHAT IS SHORTSIGHTEDNESS?
Shortsightedness is also known as myopia. It is a condition of the eye whereby the light/image that enters the eyes is wrongly focused, hence causing blurriness in distance vision. Increasing or uncorrected shortsighted among children, will affect their academic performace and learning process in school as well. In high degree of shortsightedness, there is also a higher risk of having blind leading eye diseases like retinal detachment, glaucoma and macula degeneration.
Shortsightedness has already became a huge concern in Asia Pacific recently, where prevalence rate in Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan hit an alarming rate of more than 80%. Based on a research done by our optometrist Mr.Darren Toh with Prof.Dr.Norhani Mohidin of National University of Malaysia (UKM), the estimated prevalence rate of shortsighted among schoolchildren (with Chinese ethnicity) in Malaysia is at an concerning rate of 49.4%, and continuous increase in the next 5 years was well expected.
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RISK FACTORS OF SHORTSIGHTEDNESS?
WHAT DO WE DO?
At Optika Optometrist, our optometrist's main goals in shortsighted management for children is NOT to correct the power with spectacles only, NEITHER change new lenses when power increase, but to SLOW DOWN and CONTROL the progression of shortsightedness from becoming too high. Both of our consultant optometrists has special interest in shortsightedness control, and in fact are involved in academic research related to shortsightedness control as well.
Hence in Optika Optometrist, we provide mainly 2 approaches in controlling your children's shortsightedness: