The Brien Holden Vision Institute (BHVI) just released its "myopia calculator" online to help nearsighted children find the best treatment plan for them.
Developers at BHVI scanned dozens of peer-reviewed papers and clinical trials into this platform's databank. Just a few of the treatment options you can explore on this calculator's webpage include executive bifocals, peripheral defocus spectacles, and high dose atropine.
Professor Padmaja Sankaridurg, BHVI's program leader, said it's important to have more effective tools to help combat the rising myopia rates around the world. In reference to this new myopia calculator technology, Dr. Sankaridurg said, "We are providing practitioners with the knowledge and tools to offer their patients the best evidence-based treatment options."
Both eye care professionals and the general public can check out this new myopia calculator at this webpage. Once you're on the page, just choose your child's age, refractive error level, and the myopia management option you're most interested in at the top of the screen.
Nick Dash, a well-respected British optometrist, said this new myopia calculator will be incredibly useful as opticians face an impending "epidemic of myopia" in the near future. He went on to say that this calculator can also help opticians predict how much ocular stretching a patient will experience.
BHVI's myopia calculator isn't the first myopia detector that's been launched on the Internet. Another popular and free myopia calculator app is called Myopia Care.
Eye doctors have noticed a dramatic uptick in the rate of children with myopia in most developed and developing nations. Although this issue is putting a strain on public health facilities around the world, the "myopia boom" is already an epidemic in East Asia. Over 80 percent of children in nations like China, Japan, and Taiwan wear glasses or contacts for myopia.
While East Asian nations undoubtedly have the highest rates of myopia, Western nations are experiencing a "myopia boom" as well. For example, a recent study out of the College of Optometrists and Ulster University found that the number of children with myopia in the UK has doubled since the 1960s. Today, about one in five teens in the UK is nearsighted.
Eye doctors are still trying to figure out what is causing the "myopia boom." A couple possible explanations include high exposure to electronic screens or lack of sunlight.
Early warning signs of myopia include increased eye rubbing, blurry vision, and frequent headaches. Parents who notice any of these symptoms should rush their child to a local ophthalmologist for a routine eye checkup.
It's extremely important to catch myopia early on in a child's development. Not only can unaddressed myopia lead to blindness later in life, it could also increase a child's risk of developing major depression and performing poorly at school.
BHVI is a registered NGO dedicated to researching and developing treatments for eye diseases. People interested in contacting BHVI could call (+61) 2 9385 7516 or visit BHVI's Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages. BHVI is headquartered in Sydney's Rupert Myers Building.