The eye research charity Fight for Sight have highlighted the results of a study of over 60,000 people of European ancestry. This includes figures taken over a 25 year period that shows that there were more than 3x as many short-sighted participants between 25-29 than those over 70. The study looked at the number of short-sighted in the different age groups as well as the proportion across age groups. In the younger age group, short-sight was the biggest cause of visual error. More alarming is that in the younger age group alone, almost half were short-sighted. In some ways this is not surprising as a similar pattern had previously been demonstrated in Hong Kong Chinese. We were only waiting for the maths to be done on a European group to confirm a similar trend. To read the full report click ow.ly/MTA61
Short-sight increases in the young
Contact Lens Specialist Symposium 2013
The Contact Lens Specialist Symposium 2013 held in London on 28-29th September 2013 brought together eye care practitioners from UK, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Canada and the US. Leading researchers provided delegates with the latest information on various specialist contact lenses. Of particular interest was the latest research data on the benefit of using Ortho K to control short sight.
Controlling Short Sight
The latest study to look at progress of short sight in children has clearly shown there is a significant benefit in wearing Ortho K lenses. Matching results with spectacle wearers of the same age and prescription over an eight year period, revealed significantly more stable prescription for the Ortho K eyes. Within the Ortho K group, nearly two thirds showed no change in prescription over the whole period of the study. Downie, Laura – Eye and Contact Lens, July 2013.