Healthy Child with Dr Ranj Singh: Spring 2022

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MiYOSMART: The smart way to treat short-sightedness in children. Millions of children have never had an eye test, with parents more likely to get their child’s shoe size checked than their eyesight. 1 A study of 2,000 parents found a quarter of children don’t get regular eye examinations, with one in 10 never having been to the opticians, which means they are missing out on expert care and identification of underlying vision problems. 2 Despite this, almost a third (29 per cent) of parents said they would be more likely to check their child’s shoe size than their sight. Yet 93 per cent go for regular check ups at the dentist. It also emerged that 55 per cent have a school-aged child who has eyesight problems, with short-sightedness the most common (25 per cent).

But 21 per cent didn’t know myopia (commonly known as short-sightedness) could lead to serious vision problems if left undiagnosed and untreated, while 81 per cent were unaware of what myopia was. The study, commissioned by vision lens manufacturer HOYA Lens UK, also found 81 per cent of parents think children should get their vision tested at least once a year, while two thirds have been worried about their own child’s sight at some point. The top concern about eyesight problems was the negative impact it could have on their child’s education.

Andrew Sanders, Professional Services Director at HOYA Lens UK and Ireland, makers of the MiYOSMART lens which helps reduce the progression of myopia, said: “It is a shock to us that more children go for regular dental check-ups than eye examinations, and it is a real concern, especially as regular eye examinations can detect all sorts of other issues and early diagnosis of serious eye issues is vital.

“This includes eye conditions, such as myopia, which can worsen with time and have a detrimental impact on a child’s education when they can’t see what the teacher has written on the board or other material, they need to consume which is further away. 1 2 4 5

HOYA data on file. Study carried out by OnePoll on 28th July 2021. https://www.sightresearchuk.org/eye-health-conditions/a-z-eye-conditions/d-n/myopia/ (assessed on 1st July 2018) https://mymyopia.com/what-are-the-long-term-risks-of-myopia-in-children/ (assessed on August 15th 2019) Holden B.A., Fricke T.R., Wilson D.A., Jong M., Naidoo K.S., Sankaridurg P., Wong T.Y., Naduvilath T.J., Resnikoff, Global Prevalence of Myopia and High Myopia and Temporal Trends from 2000 through 2050. American Academy of Ophthalmology. 05/2016, vol.123, no. 5, p.1036–1042. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.01.006 6 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

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