Prevalence of myopia worldwide © Brien Holden Vision Institute
According to the Brien Holden Vision Institute, 5 billion people around the globe will be affected by myopia by 2050, and 10% of the world’s population will be severely myopic (-6.00D).
In France, 40% of the population are affected by this ocular pandemic, compared to 20% ten years ago. This increase is particularly prevalent among young people aged 16-24, who are almost twice as likely to be affected as the elderly according to the Syndicat National des Ophtalmologistes de France (SNOF).
Advanced and early treatment is therefore a priority: the progression of myopia is all the more significant as it starts young (the eyes grow until the age of 25). If left untreated, progressive myopia carries the risk of developing severe pathologies, such as cataracts, glaucoma, or macular degeneration (AMD).
Orthokeratology (also known as “night lenses”) is a principle of corneal reshaping that allows you to see clearly throughout the day without needing to wear contact lenses or glasses, thanks to lenses which can be worn overnight while you sleep. It is inspired by an ancient Chinese technique, where short-sighted individuals would place small bags of sand on their eyelids to reduce their visual impairment and see more clearly during the day.
Our range of DRL (Double Reservoir Lens) night lenses can correct myopia up to -7.00D and hypermetropia up to +4.00D (with or without astigmatism up to -4.00D), as well as presbyopia.
With DRL night lenses, the risk of infection as well as problems of breakage or loss are limited because children only handle their night lenses at home, under the watchful eye of their parents. For children who play sports, DRL lenses free them from the constraints of wearing daytime lenses or glasses. This offers peace of mind for the parents and guarantees freedom for children and young people.
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If wearing contact lenses overnight is unsuitable, the AMYOPIC range (available as gaz permeable PRE AMYOPIC and soft quarterly AMYOPIC Silicone lenses) is an alternative to help control the progression of myopia in children and young people (with or without astigmatism).
AMYOPIC lenses have a power gradient that slows down the change in axial length (i.e. the distance between the front and back of the eye) that causes myopia.