The past few decades has seen a surge in research across the globe investigating effective myopia (short-sightedness) control methods ie. how to slow down short-sighted changes. This has meant good quality studies in different parts of the world investigating multiple strategies and optical modalities to slow myopia progression.
Many patients across the world have and are already benefitting from the new methods that optometrists provide including Orthokeratology overnight re-shaping lenses, multifocal soft contact lenses and Atropine eye drops.
Current research underway includes a clinical trial at the Illinois College of Optometry titled ‘Effectiveness of Orthokeratology in Myopia Control’ looking at African American children. To read more about this study click on the link below. https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03465748
Effectiveness of Orthokeratology in Myopia Control - Full Text View - ClinicalTrials.gov
Current groundbreaking Australian research includes investigation of a soft contact lens design for myopia control at Queensland University of Technology directed by Professor Collins. Myopia affects around 15 per cent of Australians and this number is rising. Due to the increased health risks to the eye with shortsightedness, researchers and clinicians are emphasizing the need to slow down these changes early. Follow the link for more information; https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/the-eyes-have-it-uni-creates-contact-lenses-that-slow-vision-loss-20180109-p4yycg.html
-Natalie Buckman, OSO Guest Board Member