Counteracting short-sightedness with children's spectacles
Whether it's tablets, computers or homework, today's kids focus more on things right in front of them rather than spending time outdoors. This behavior is leading to more and more children developing myopia - also known as short-sightedness. By 2020, more than one-third of the world's population was short-sighted. This means that there has been a sharp increase within just two decades.
The experts at Rodenstock have developed a solution: Rodenstock MyCon®. These children's lenses are precisely designed to correct myopia, ensure sharp vision and counteract the progression of myopia*.
35 to 60 percent
If a parent is short-sighted, the child's risk of developing myopia is increased. The risk increases to 35 to 60% if both parents are short-sighted.
More than 2 diopters
Myopia tends to progress more rapidly in children with short-sighted parents. Even with one myopic parent, the average increase in myopia over a 5-year period is slightly more than 2 diopters.
Long-term healthy eyes
Correcting myopia in childhood contributes to healthier eyes in the long run by significantly reducing the risk of developing eye disease in adulthood.
The advantages of children's spectacles with Rodenstock lenses
Children quickly perceive glasses as a constraint. MyCon® lenses from Rodenstock are available in a variety of indices and can thus be flexibly adapted to a child's needs. Most importantly, they are both thinner and lighter than many other myopia lenses on the market.
- Shatterproof plasticLenses made of plastic ensure high safety during play & activities.
- Extremely light and thinThe thinner and lighter lenses from Rodenstock are not unpleasantly noticeable even at high visual acuities.
- Best visionMyCon® lenses improve vision regardless of whether a child is only slightly or severely short-sighted.
- Simple treatmentMyopia control lenses are the simplest form of short-sightedness treatment and help prevent myopia from progressing uncontrollably in children.
What is behind MyCon® lenses?
Myopia is a consequence of the eye being slightly too long. Conventional single vision lenses can correct myopia, but they are not designed to slow it down. Rather, when corrected with these lenses, light is projected behind the retina, causing some children's eyes to grow excessively long and exacerbating short-sightedness.
With MyCon® lenses, light is diffused so that it strikes the periphery in front of the retina rather than behind it. This slows eye-length growth. The areas that control myopia progression in a MyCon® lens are located laterally. This ensures that the visual acuity above and below is affected as little as possible.
How do I recognise if my child needs spectacles?
In general, it is recommended by opticians and ophthalmologists to have the statutory health and medical check-ups carried out.
If you have the feeling that your child may need a pair of spectacles, you should watch out for the following distinctive features:
• Cloudy cornea
• Frequent blinking/rubbing eyes
• Particular sensitivity to light
• Noticeable squinting of the eyes
• Uncertainty when gripping and grasping
• Incorrect assessment of distance to obstacles
• Headaches, fatigue, poor concentration
Many visual impairments are hereditary and can be corrected with timely detection. If parents or siblings have eye diseases, the paediatrician should transfer the patient to a specialist ophthalmologist between the 6th and 12th month of life.
Learning to see is like learning to walk, it happens automatically. But vision can only fully develop if there is a sharp image on the retina. If defective vision is corrected early on by spectacles, lifelong vision impairments that are no longer reversible can be avoided or reduced.
So that your child achieves the best possible visual performance, not only is a lightweight spectacle frame important, but also lightweight lenses that have been individually adapted to the impaired vision of your child.
*An independent clinical study examining the progression of myopia in European children aged 7 to 14 over a 5-year period has shown that myopia control lenses based on Rodenstock MyCon® principles can reduce myopia progression by up to 40%.
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