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Vision Space Optometrist ‘Eyes’ Slower Myopia Progression In Over 400 Kids, thanks to Ortho-K

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Woon Pak Seong, Director and Optometrist of Vision Space Optometrist says Ortho-K is suitable for both myopia management as well as those who seek active lifestyles without glasses or contact lenses.

PETALING JAYA, Nov 14 (Bernama) — Vision Space Optometrist, the preferred Orthokeratology (Ortho-K) provider with certified children myopia (shortsightedness) management experts, is looking forward to seeing slower progression in the over 400 Ortho-K kids they are managing.  They cautioned that the prevalence of children experiencing increments of more than 1.00D in myopia a year is growing; and this is cause for concern in children’s eye health.  According to a study published during the pandemic, its 10-year analysis highlighted that from 2010 to 2020 the prevalence of myopia increased 9.75% from 40.90% to 50.65%. The greatest increment was seen from 2019 (pre-COVID) to 2020 (COVID) contributing 1.25% of the total increment. This could be attributed to the increased use of devices due to online learning and gaming, lack of outdoor activities, and other environmental factors.

According to Woon Pak Seong, Director and Optometrist of Vision Space Optometrist, “A normal progression of myopia would be zero to <-0.50 D a year. Any increment from <-0.75 D is considered high increase in myopia and parents should take immediate measures to slow down shortsightedness.” He added, “We are very fortunate because the FDA-approved Ortho-K technology is now available, and this is an effective treatment to slow down myopia progression. Ortho-K is a non-surgical method for correcting myopia by wearing specially designed gas-permeable contact lenses overnight. These lenses temporarily reshape the cornea, allowing for clear vision during the day without the need for glasses or contact lenses.”

It is important that Ortho-K be fitted by a qualified optometrist as the lenses are custom-made based on the unique eye shape and prescription. Eye care professionals can take precise measurements and design the lenses to provide optimal myopia control and vision correction.

“Here at Vision Space Optometrist, we first provide a comprehensive eye examination to determine if the candidate is suitable for Ortho-K. Then, our eye care professionals will evaluate the candidate’s eye health, prescription, and other factors to ensure that Ortho-K is the right option,” Woon emphasized. “We also ensure that the lenses fit correctly and provide guidance on lens care and maintenance, and follow-up with regular appointments to monitor progress and to adjust as needed.”

To find out more about Ortho-K, please visit www.visionspace.com.my or call +60173993371. 

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