Myopia Control

 

Is your child myopic?

If your child can see near objects clearly but distant objects appear blurry, he/she is most likely to be myopic or short-sighted. Myopia occurs when the light rays entering the eye focus in front of the retina rather than on it. Myopia mostly occurs due to excessive elongation of the eye globe (axial elongation) in relation to the curvature of the cornea.

 

In the EyeClinic, we have a team of both ophthalmologist and optometrists working together to ensure each individual child is well taken care of.

Orthokeratology (also known as Ortho-K/overnight contact lenses) uses an extremely high oxygen permeable contact lens to temporarily reshape the cornea. The contact lenses are worn while sleeping and taken out upon wakening. This means that your child’s sight will be good during the day hence allowing him/her to go to school, exercise, and swim without needing glasses or contact lenses.

For adults who are interested in wearing Ortho-k lenses, you can visit here for more information. 

Atropine is a type of eye drops called an anti-muscarinic. It dilates the pupil (Mydriasis) and it temporarily paralyses the muscles that help your eyes focus (Cycloplegic).

There is now a spectacles alternative for parents and children who are not comfortable using Atropine eye drops and Ortho-k contact lenses. These special spectacle lenses are designed to slow down the progression of myopia by an average of 30% compared to traditional spectacle lenses. 

Children's eyes absorb more harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation than adults. The crystalline lens in children's eyes are totally transparent and they have lesser protective pigments than adults. Children's eyes also have larger pupils hence allowing more entry of harmful rays into the eye. The younger your child is, the more vulnerable their eyes are to UV damage.

A) We offer both Atropine eye drops and Ortho-K contact lenses

At The EyeClinic, we believe that no one standard method works for everyone. Every child has different needs and lifestyles, hence requiring different forms of myopia control. By offering both options, we can have an unbiased discussion on which is better suited for your child and tailor a program for each individual child.

B) We customize your Ortho-k lenses

To achieve good results, the lens should be specially fitted for you taking into consideration the shape of your cornea. This also means we can correct a wider range of prescription. 

C)We have a dedicated myopia control team

This means that you are personally taken care of by a doctor and optometrists who are reachable and accountable to you. 

D) Our Optometrists wear Ortho-K. 

This means we understand what you are going through and know how to make your journey easier. 

Dr Lee: Ortho-K wear for me is a commitment. As most are wearing it for myopia control, we want the child to be able to continue wearing for many years. The commonest reason for stopping ortho-k wear is dry eyes and infections. The risks of dry eyes and infection are not worth taking as they can have sight threatening consequences and yet can be easily prevented. 

1. Dry eyes 
It has been proven that ortho-k lenses affects the tear osmolarity which means dry eyes. The consequences range from minor irritation to the inability to wear contact lenses and an increased risk of corneal inflammation and eye infections. We would suggest research proven esterified Omega three to prevent the problems and this will be discussed and advised during your visit.

2. Infection 
The causes are dirty contact lens cases and we advised on strict and effective cleaning regimen. Bacteria cling to the eyelashes which are in close contact with the ortho-k lenses and Blephex procedure (in-clinic) can be done to remove organisms and dirt from the eyelashes.

I started the myopia clinic because I wanted ortho-k to be co-managed by a doctor and an optometrist. Our optometrists have experience customising lenses for you. In fact they wear ortho-k lenses themselves which means they understand your needs. As an eye doctor, I understand your eye health and issues are treated preemptively and promptly. 

GOOD NEWS!

Home – The EyeClinic by Dr Cheryl Lee

Our centre is also one of the healthcare institutions registered with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) under the Baby Bonus Scheme.  This means that your savings in the Child Development Account (CDA) may be used to pay for your children's eye check and myopia control program (orthokeratology contact lenses/Atropine Eye drops/Special Spectacle Lenses)!

CHILDREN EYE SCREENING @ $120