Why outdoor time matters in myopia development

There’s no doubt that the simplest lifestyle intervention we can advise for both our at-risk pre-myopes and progressing myopes is to spend more time outdoors. This data first came to prominence in Rose et al’s 2008 paper, published in Ophthalmology, entitled conclusively that Outdoor activity reduces the prevalence of myopia in children. Over 4000 children (half aged 12 and the …

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Orthokeratology for myopia control – meta-analysis

Two meta-analysis papers were published in the first half of 2015, both from Chinese research groups. Meta-analysis requires specifying a search criteria which is then followed over a set period of time to include all papers and reports that are caught by the search criteria terms. These papers are then individually analysed for whether they match the inclusion criteria set …

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Does the risk of fitting OrthoK in kids outweigh the myopia control benefits?

This is an important question because the scientific data increasingly points towards contact lenses as our best option for myopia control. Embracing active myopia management in practice means embracing paediatric contact lens fitting. Is contact lens wear more dangerous than a higher level of myopia? Ian Flitcroft, an ophthalmologist and prolific writer provides a sobering association between increasing myopia and …

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