Child with MyoVision™ eyeglasses

Did You Know…

…how the Vision of Asian Children Is Being Improved?

Almost half of 11 to 13-year-olds in Asian cities suffer from shortsightedness. This is partly due to major strain on the eyes caused by short-range visual tasks and partly due to genetics. Six in ten Asian children have at least one shortsighted parent. Myopia can worsen each year until puberty.

New eyeglass lenses are now available that counteract this deterioration. MyoVision eyeglass lenses from  ZEISS make it possible to reduce the deterioration of vision in children who have at least one shortsighted parent by an average of 30 percent. This was verified in tests conducted with more than 200 shortsighted children and adolescents in China1)

How does this lens work? A special lens design sends a sort of signal to the eye in order to reduce further growth of the eyeball. At the same time, the central image of the object being viewed is projected directly onto the retina, thus giving these young eyeglass wearers crystal-clear vision. ZEISS is currently selling MyoVision in countries where there is a significant demand for it: this innovative eyeglass lens has been available in China, Singapore, Malaysia, and South Korea since April 2010 and will soon be available around the world.

1) Clinical trial of 210 Chinese children between the ages of 6 and 16 years over a period of 12 months. Fifty children wore MyoVision™ eyeglass lenses, and 50 children wore standard single vision lenses. The results were obtained in a subgroup (19 children out of 50 wearing MyoVision™ lenses) between the ages of 6 and 12 years and with at least one myopic parent. Source: Sankaridurg et al., Optometry and Vision Science, Vol. 87, No. 9, September 2010; pages 631-641.

30 November 2010