HOYA MiyoSmart launched its new spectacle lens to slow progression of short-sightedness in children
10.10.2019 by LadyAlly
Myopia, or commonly known as short-sightedness, has become a common problem in children nowadays. Reducing it is not easy, but recently, HOYA Vision Care has brought its new innovative spectacle lens MiyoSmart with Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (D.I.M.S.) technology to Malaysia, which offers an effective, comfortable and safe solution for myopia control innovated for children. The lens is the result of a collaboration between HOYA Vision Care and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University that began in 2012.
Research Numbers & Statistics
In a two-year randomised double-blind clinical trial involving 160 children with myopia aged 8 to 13, it was found that children wearing MiyoSmart spectacle lenses had reduced myopia progression in 60% of cases while myopia progression halted completely in 21.5% of cases. The encouraging results of the clinical trial proved the effectiveness of the non-invasive lens in providing vision correction for myopic children while ensuring safety.
With more near-work activity, less time spent outdoors, the high value placed on education performance and other combined and interacting hereditary, behavioural and environmental factors, the incidence of myopia in children is expected to increase. It is predicted that by 2050, there will be 4.758 billion people with myopia globally (49.8% of the world population) and 938 million people with high myopia (9.8% of the world population). At the same time, effectively reducing the rate of myopia progression by 50% could reduce the prevalence of high myopia by up to 90%.
MiyoSmart lenses and its technology
MiyoSmart lenses with D.I.M.S technology are comfortable and safe. Light and thin with UV protection for the eyes, the lens is made using the highly impact-resistant polycarbonate 1.59 that has passed the high velocity impact drop ball test, and is thus ideal for active kids from 6 – 18 years. The lens has a central optical zone for correcting refractive error and multiple defocus segments evenly surrounding the central zone (extending to the mid-periphery) of the lens to control myopia progression. This provides clear vision and myopic defocus simultaneously at all viewing distances. The lens makes use of the natural homeostatic mechanism known as “emmetropization”, whereby the eyeball adapts and shapes to receive focused images as it does for normal vision.
The MiyoSmart lens is able to:
- Curb myopia progression on average by 60%
- Slow axial eye growth on average by 60%
- Halt myopia progression in 21.5% of children
Testament to its excellence, the MiyoSmart lens with D.I.M.S. technology won the Grand Prize, Grand Award and Gold Medal at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in Switzerland in April 2018. MiyoSmart spectacle lenses will be available at selected Eye Care Professionals (ECP) beginning November 2019. A list of eye care professionals carrying MiyoSmart lenses will be available by 1 November 2019 on HOYA Vision’s website as follows: https://www.hoyavision.com/my/find-optician/