Blog 2

International myopia control prescribing survey

By Kate Gifford | June 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Myopia Control Survey at BCLA

Sat amongst a packed auditorium I feverishly wrote down as much as I could, and with the permission of James have used my notes to form this blog.

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

By Kate Gifford | May 16, 2015 | 1 Comment
Risk-benefit OrthoKeratology

Scientific data increasingly points towards contact lenses as our best option for myopia control. Does the risk of orthok outweigh the benefits for kids?

What is the point of myopia control anyway?

By Kate Gifford | May 12, 2015 | 2 Comments
What Is The Point Of Myopia Control Anyway?

Why is myopia control important? Is there really that much difference between -3.00D and -5.00D? Why intervention is worth the time, effort and cost.

Why outdoor time matters in myopia development

By paulgifford | August 5, 2021 | 5 Comments
Outdoor Time Matters

The simplest lifestyle intervention we can advise for both our at-risk pre-myopes and myopia development is to spend more time outdoors.

Influence of orthok treatment zone diameter and pupil diameter on myopia progression

By paulgifford | February 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

This study evaluates how orthok treatment zone diameter influences change in refraction and axial eye length over 1-year in children previously fit with orthok lenses of varying back optic zone diameter, to reveal that where treatment zone diameter was less than pupil diameter orthok’s myopia control efficacy appeared to be improved.

Smartphone use in myopic vs non-myopic Irish students

By paulgifford | November 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

This paper investigates the relationship between myopia, the objective measure of smartphone data usage and self reported duration of smartphone use in school children and university students with a secondary aim to assess whether study outcomes changed with age.

Factors that influence the incidence of myopia

By paulgifford | November 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

The authors evaluated the Rotterdam, The Netherlands Generation R dataset to establish the risk factors associated with change to axial eye length and incidence of myopia in children from age 6 to 9 yrs.

The association between digital screen time and myopia

By paulgifford | November 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

For many children using digital devices is a normal part of their everyday lives and they will use computers and hand-held devices at school and at home. This systematic review collates this published research to illuminate current understanding on the association between the time children spend on digital devices and incidence, prevalence or progression of myopia.

The association between near work activities and myopia in children

By paulgifford | October 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

The visual demand of concentrating on close-up tasks like reading and studying are thought to be a driving force for increased myopia in children. To better understand this relationship the authors consolidated data from several studies to quantify the effect of near work activities on myopia in children and discover any association there may be between them.

Growth curves to clinically monitor refractive development in Chinese schoolchildren

By paulgifford | October 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Childhood refractive error is dictated by several factors including parental myopia and how much time they may spend outdoors each day. Influenced by these factors the shape and size of the eye constantly changes during growth with axial length most influenced as myopia increases. This longitudinal study sought to model these changes in Chinese children.