New contact lenses "may reduce myopia"

New contact lenses "may reduce myopia"

By Adrian Galbreth

A new type of contact lens has been developed which may help myopia sufferers, researchers have revealed.

The study, presented at the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, claims that a special contact lens may reduce the progress of myopia, or nearsightedness, by fully correcting the central vision while reducing the relative peripheral farsightedness, also known as hyperopia.

In the study, 100 myopic Chinese children aged between seven and 14 were given contact lenses with the modified corrections, with results showing that 54 per cent less progression of myopia was seen after six months.

The researchers stated: "Longer experience with wear of such contact lenses is needed, however the data are promising with regard to a new generation of contact lenses aimed at myopia control."

Recently, ophthalmologist Thomas Aller, who has been practicing since 1986, told the San Francisco Examiner that myopia sufferers can help to reduce the effect of the condition by using contact lenses.

by Adrian Galbreth

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