Your Child’s Vision: Understanding Innovative Myopia Control Eyewear

10th Nov 2023
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Have you ever paused to wonder if squinting at distant objects is just a harmless quirk in children, or could it signify something more?

Many parents brush off their child’s nearsightedness, assuming it’s something they’ll outgrow. However, this common belief underestimates the long-term impact of myopia, also known as nearsightedness, on a child’s eye health.

Fortunately, the landscape of myopia control has been transformed by recent technological advancements. Products like MiyoSmart glasses and MiSight contact lenses are at the forefront, utilizing defocus technology to slow the progression of myopia in children. This innovative approach offers new possibilities for parents concerned about their child’s eye health.

A young patient of ours from Footscray recently came to our practice, struggling with rapidly progressing myopia. After a thorough examination and discussion about the benefits of MiyoSmart glasses, his family decided to give myopia control eyewear a try. Over time, we witnessed a significant slowdown in the progression of the child’s myopia progression, much to the relief and joy of their family. This success story is one of many, illustrating the profound difference early intervention and the right eye care technology can make.

If your child is experiencing difficulties seeing distant objects clearly, I encourage you to consider it as an opportunity to explore the advancements in myopia control that could not only enhance their vision today but safeguard their eye health for the future.

Book an appointment with us to have your child’s eyes examined and let’s discuss the possibilities of myopia control eyewear for your child’s needs.

Or, if you’re interested in learning more about the latest innovations in myopia control, continue reading.

Statistic What it means
60% Australian parents with children aged 0-17 unaware that myopia refers to shortsightedness.
29% Australian parents who understand the health risks associated with child myopia.
30% Australian children who have never had an eye test.
36% Current myopia rate in Australia.
55% Expected rise in myopia prevalence in Australia by 2050

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Understanding Myopia in Children

If you have you noticed your child moving closer to the TV or struggling to read signs at a distance, it could be a warning sign of myopia.

For these young ones, myopia can be more than an inconvenience; it affects their daily life profoundly. Imagine struggling to see the whiteboard in class, missing out on the full experience of playing sports, or hesitating to participate in social activities because of blurred vision. This reality can impact not only their academic performance but also their confidence and social integration.

The long-term implications of myopia extend far beyond childhood. Without proper management, myopia can progress, leading to increased risks of serious eye conditions later in life, such as retinal detachment, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and cataracts. These conditions can compromise vision to a greater extent and may even lead to blindness in severe cases.

This is why early detection and management of myopia are paramount. Recognizing the signs early on and seeking professional eye care can make a substantial difference in a child’s life. Through comprehensive eye examinations, we can diagnose myopia and implement strategies to manage its progression. These strategies can include prescription eyewear, like glasses or contact lenses, or atropine eye drops.


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Breakthroughs in Myopia Control: MiYOSMART Lenses and MiSight Contact Lenses

As an optometrist, I’ve had the privilege of witnessing remarkable advances in the field of myopia control. Among these, two standout innovations have transformed how we approach myopia management in children: MiYOSMART spectacle lenses and MiSight contact lenses.

These are not just ordinary corrective lenses; they represent a leap forward in our fight against the progression of myopia in young individuals.

MiYOSMART Lenses: A Game-Changer for Children’s Eyewear

MiYOSMART spectacle lenses utilize a groundbreaking technology known as D.I.M.S. (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments). This technology ingeniously incorporates multiple focus areas within a single lens. The central zone of the lens provides clear vision by correcting the myopic refractive error, while the surrounding segments are designed to create a defocus effect. This defocus has been scientifically proven to slow the progression of myopia. Essentially, when a child wears MiYOSMART lenses, they’re not only enjoying clearer vision; their lenses are actively working to control the advancement of their myopia.

MiYOSMART glasses are also built for the rough and tumble of childhood, with U.V. protection and impact resistance ensuring they’re as practical as they are protective.

MiSight Contact Lenses: Freedom and Efficacy Myopia Control

Alternatively, MiSight contact lenses employ ActivControl Technology, a concept as innovative as it sounds. These lenses are designed with concentric rings that alternate between correcting myopia and creating a specific defocus across the entire lens. This defocus acts on the periphery of the retina, a key factor believed to influence myopia progression.

MiSight lenses stand out for their convenience and the freedom they offer active children. As daily disposables, they simplify life for both kids and parents by cutting down on cleaning routines and allowing kids to engage fully in sports without the worry of damaging glasses. Additionally, the single-use nature significantly reduces the risk of infections, promoting healthier eyes.

Making the Right Choice in Myopia Control Eyewear

In making the choice between eyewear, it’s crucial to involve your child in the discussion. Their comfort and preference will play a significant role in the success of the myopia control strategy.

The ultimate goal is to find a myopia control method that your child is comfortable with, ensuring they are more likely to wear their eyewear consistently, thus maximizing the benefits of myopia management. Whether it’s MiYOSMART spectacle lenses or MiSight contact lenses, the right choice is the one that aligns with your child’s lifestyle and personal preferences, supported by professional advice and ongoing care.

If you’re navigating this decision, I encourage you to book an appointment. Together, we can explore the options and make an informed choice that best supports your child’s vision and overall well-being.- Factors to consider when choosing between MiYOSMART and MiSight.

To learn more about how myopia occurs, and the theories behind how MiyoSmart and MiSight work, watch the following excellent video from Dr. Natalie Chai’s YouTube channel.

Beyond Lenses: Comprehensive Myopia Management

In managing myopia, especially in children, we often focus on the corrective measures like lenses. But let’s not overlook the broader spectrum of comprehensive care.

Regular eye examinations play a crucial role in early myopia detection. These exams are an opportunity to monitor the health of your child’s eyes closely and to catch the early signs of myopia. Early detection is critical as it allows us to implement interventions at a stage when the progression of myopia can be significantly slowed. I always emphasize to parents the importance of making these examinations a regular part of their child’s healthcare routine, much like regular visits to the dentist or pediatrician.

Lifestyle factors also have a significant impact on eye health and myopia progression. Increasingly, children spend more time indoors on screens and less time outdoors in natural light. Research has shown that outdoor activity can have a protective effect against the development of myopia. Encouraging children to spend more time outdoors can be a simple yet effective preventive measure. Additionally, managing screen time to reduce eye strain and ensuring proper lighting during reading or close work are practical steps that can help.

The cornerstone of effective myopia management, however, is a personalized approach. Every child’s eyes are unique, and so too are their lifestyles, activities, and risk factors. Tailoring a management plan to fit these individual needs is essential. This may include a combination of the right type of corrective lenses, lifestyle adjustments, and regular monitoring.

In our practice, we take the time to get to know each child and their family, allowing us to create a more personalized and effective myopia management plan. This approach not only addresses the physical aspect of myopia but also considers the emotional and social implications for the child. We aim to not only slow the progression of myopia but also to ensure that each child can lead an active, happy life without being held back by their vision.


To wrap up, I want to highlight a couple of important points for all the parents out there in Melbourne. Understanding your child’s eye health can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.

Making an appointment with us is a step toward clear vision and peace of mind. We’re here to walk you through everything from MiYOSMART lenses and MiSight contact lenses to any other questions you might have. Our goal is to make sure you and your child feel supported and informed every step of the way.

Let’s work together to keep your child’s eyes healthy and their vision sharp.

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