Myopia week: Protecting your eye health

little boy getting his eyes tested for myopia

Did you know that myopia, also known as short-sightedness, affects around 80% of young Australians?

In honour of Myopia Week, we want to raise awareness about this condition and take action to protect our vision.

At Health Hub Optical, we are committed to providing the latest and most effective vision correction options to our patients, including regular optical appointments to detect and treat myopia.

What is myopia?

Myopia is a common vision condition where a person has difficulty seeing objects in the distance. It has become increasingly prevalent in recent years, particularly among children who spend more time indoors engaging in activities such as reading and using digital devices.

Myopia can lead to eye strain, headaches, and difficulty with driving or other activities that require good distance vision.

High myopia also increases the risk of serious eye problems such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.

How is myopia treated?

The good news is that myopia is treatable and there are several options available, such as an exciting new development – the Stellest lens.

The Stellest lens is an innovative lens design that was developed specifically to slow the progression of myopia in children. In clinical trials, the Stellest lens was shown to reduce the progression of myopia by up to 60% compared to standard single-vision lenses.

Here at the Health Hub Optical, we are proud to offer the Stellest lens to our patients as part of our commitment to providing the latest and most effective vision correction options.

Is myopia preventable?

Prevention is key, and there are steps you can take to maintain good eye health and protect your child from the onset and progression of myopia.

  • Stay informed: book regular eye examinations for your child with an eye care professional.
  • Take breaks: encourage your child to take breaks when performing near-based tasks like playing video games or colouring-in. It’s recommended that they take a break every 20 minutes for 20 seconds to give their eyes a chance to rest.
  • Get outdoors: Limit screen time and make it a daily routine for your child to play and move outdoors. Short walks or simply looking outside the window can help stretch the vision into the distance and reduce the risk of myopia.
  • Optimal conditions: ensure your child is working and reading in good lighting conditions.

By practicing these good eye habits, you can help your child’s eye muscles to relax, reduce eye strain and fatigue, and ensure that their eyes remain healthy and protected.

Don’t let myopia affect you or your child’s vision and quality of life!

Contact us today to learn more about the Stellest lens and other treatments for myopia. Our optometrists are committed to helping you and your family achieve optimal eye health and vision.

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Prefer to chat?

Call us on 1300 709 076 today to ask any questions you may have, and to book in your eye test.

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