US Scientists Create Glasses to Prevent Near Sightedness
US based scientists have created a pair of glasses that could prevent near sightedness (myopia) in children.
Jay and Maureen Neitz, professors of ophthalmology at the UW School of Medicine collaborated to create a pair of therapeutic glasses that children with regular vision can wear to prevent myopia for life. The glasses, which can’t repair damage that has already occurred, can be taken off at the end of adolescence, when the eyes stop growing and aim to prevent near-sightedness.
By 2050, 5 billion people across the globe will have myopia, according to a 2016 study in the Journal of Ophthalmology. At least 1 billion of those people will have high myopia, making it the number-one blinding disease in the world.
The Seattle based scientists conducted three studies that compared their therapeutic glasses with standard glasses, the results show that the glasses are effective at slowing or stopping the progression of myopia.
We’re not all going to rush out and get the pair of glasses just yet, so our team of optometrists have come up with the following advice to help your children:
1. Ensure your children wear their glasses or contact lenses and keep their prescription up to date with a regular eye examination.
2. Ensure they eat a healthy diet, although there isn’t a direct link between a poor diet and increase in myopia, proper nutrition is essential is maintaining good eye health.
3. Encourage your children to spend more time outdoors. A lack of natural light is known to increase myopia. Just an hour day outside, playing sport or running around makes a huge difference to their general vision and health.
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