The Myopia Control Clinic is an optometry clinic specialising in the care and management of progressing and high myopes. We see a range of people who are interested in preventing their eyesight from deteriorating, or their myopia getting worse. This translational clinic works in conjunction with the Auckland Myopia Lab at the University of Auckland, and we aim to ensure the public has access to the latest in myopia research.
Myopia (short sightedness) is a common ocular condition. A person is diagnosed with myopia when light from distant objects fails to focus on the retina in the eye, and instead focuses in front of it. This causes blurred distance vision. A myopes near vision, however, could even be said to be better than average. This is the opposite of hyperopia, or far-sightedness.
The vast majority of myopia occurs when the eyeball grows too long, compared to the optical components at the front of the eye. This type of myopia, called axial myopia, appears to be largely irreversible. The excessive growth of the eye can stretch the delicate ocular tissues, and make it more prone to tears and rips, and it also increases the risk of other potentially blinding conditions, such as glaucoma and cataracts.
Myopia is getting worse with each generation. It is affecting children from a younger age, and progressing more rapidly that ever before.
The problem with continuing 'as is', is that the eye becomes more fragile the higher the level of myopia. This increases the risk of sight-threatening eye disease, particularly in later life.
Thankfully, there are now ways you can help prevent the rapid progression, and keep the eyes at a manageable level.