29 Jun Lenses stop children becoming short sighted
Night time contact lenses stop children becoming short-sighted
Children could be cured of short-sightedness by wearing contact lenses at night which reshape their eyes to prevent them ever needing glasses, a study has shown. Trials involving more than 300 children showed that the lenses can stop the eye becoming misshapen which leads to myopia.
In April, a study published by Ulster University found that the rate of short-sightedness in Britain has doubled over the past 50 years, because children no longer spend enough time outdoors. Twenty-three per cent of British 12 and 13-year-olds now suffer from myopia which causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly – compared to 10 per cent in the 1960s. However a new study has found that contact lenses can stop the progression of myopia, a practice known as Orthokeratology. The lenses, which are removed each morning, control the shape of the eye so that it grows in the correct manner so that glasses are never needed.