Half of children with high myopia have an underlying systemic condition: ophthalmology co-management, best optical corrections, parental education and eye health monitoring are crucial. It’s also important to offer myopia control strategies while also being aware of the limitations of the evidence base. This blog provides guidance on appropriate ocular health and optical management of children with more than 5-6D of myopia.
Most myopia control intervention studies employing spectacles or atropine enrol from age 6, and most contact lens studies enrol from age 8. So how should we manage myopes younger than this? In this blog we’ll give you some guidance on managing myopes under age 6-7 with low and moderate myopia. Children in this age group with high myopia will require primary eye care as well as ophthalmology care. This important clinical reference includes information on first steps, when and how to prescribe for both myopia correction and control, when to refer or co-manage with ophthalmology, and communication with parents.
Non-responders are those children who have shown minimal efficacy of their treatment in myopia control studies, and it turns out that there’s around 15-20% of children who are classified this way across the major myopia control intervention studies. We look at non-responders in atropine, multifocal and myopia controlling contact lens, orthokeratology and DIMS spectacle lens studies, and what factors non-responders share across these studies.