The number of myopic children is increasing, the manufacturer offers a lens to slow the progression

to update: 03/03/2023 13:41
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Brno – The number of myopic children among the population is growing rapidly. Since the exacerbation of this defect in childhood and adolescence represents a risk of developing various eye diseases in adulthood, Rodenstock has launched spectacle lenses on the Czech and Slovak markets since the beginning of March, which significantly slows down the progression of myopia (myopia). Product manager Libor Pivoňka said in an interview with ČTK at the Opta trade fair in Brno that the rays are refracted so that they fall in such a way that the eye is not forced to lengthen more and more. According to him, the lenses are already sold in southern Europe and the experience with them is very good.

A study of European children between 2012 and 2018 showed that using this lens significantly slowed eye elongation, by up to 40 percent. “The common monofocal lens, which corrects myopia, works in such a way that the central beam reaches the retina at the point of sharpest vision. But in the peripheral regions, the rays fall outside the retina, and the eye tries to focus at these points and thus lengthens anatomically. And by Our lens achieves that in the central region, the beam hits the retina, but in the peripheral regions, the rays are shortened and fall in front of the retina, so the eye does not have to grow,” explaining the principle of how the Pivoňka lens works.

The company has been working on this issue for 20 years. Myopia, i.e. poor distance vision, is prevalent to outliers in the population and it is expected that half of the world’s population in 2050 will suffer from this defect. In 2000, it was 22 percent. The largest proportion of myopic children in Asia. “There are two main influences. The first is genetics. When a child has both parents with the disorder, there is a 60 per cent chance of having it. The second influence is a change in behavior and an increased need to look into short distances while learning as well as at digital screens.” In the era of Covid, this need has been acute.”

A lens called Mycon is most often intended for children between the ages of five and sixteen, when the development of the defect is greatest, but it can also be used by older teens if they are still progressing. “We offer glasses with this lens with different surface treatments and lightness, and the price corresponds to the price group of ordinary eyeglass lenses,” said Pivoňka.

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