Innovative lens for myopia control
The MiyoSmart spectacle lenses are available at EMME Visioncare.
As an optometrist trained in myopia control in Singapore and overseas, MiyoSmart is one of the treatment options we use in our comprehensive, tailored myopia control program for children and teenagers.
MiyoSmart is an innovative spectacle lens for myopia control developed by Hoya together with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Based on a two-year clinical trial results, MiyoSmart is proven to curb myopia progression by an average of 60% with its D.I.M.S. (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments) technology. This lens technology is an easy, effective and non-invasive method to manage myopia for the child.
How does MiyoSmart actually work?
MiyoSmart is not a standard prescriptive lenses. It is a specially designed honeycomb looking lens with hundreds of small segments, each providing myopic defocus. The principles of MiyoSmart for myopia control changes the periphery optics at the front of the eye, directing the light in front of the peripheral retina. This effect allows eyeball elongation to reduce, which slows the myopia prescription change and lower the risk of developing into high myopia.
Who can use MiyoSmart?
Any child or teenager who is short-sighted, particularly those who have shown yearly progression and identified at risk of further myopia progression and eye elongation. There is no minimum age for a child to be fitted with MiyoSmart spectacle lenses. These lenses has UV protection, light-weight, thin and impact-resistance, making it a safe material for active kids.
At present, MiyoSmart lenses are available for prescriptions from 0.00 to -10.00D.
How effective is MiyoSmart in myopia control?
Study evaluating spectacle lens design like MiyoSmart has found a significant reduction in myopia progression and eyeball elongation in children wearing DIMS technology lenses compared to children who wore regular single vision spectacle lenses. The evaluation of MiyoSmart lenses worn by 183 children aged 8-13 years showed an effectiveness in slowing myopia progression by up to 60%
MiyoSmart has been available in countries such as Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia and Singapore, where the prevalence of childhood myopia is the most common in the world. The effectiveness is similar to other modes of myopia control treatments options like MiSight or Ortho-K.
How does MiyoSmart compared with myopia control contact lenses?
MiyoSmart is worn during the day; MiSight contact lens can be worn during the day or Ortho-K lens while sleeping.
MiyoSmart is only effective when the lens in worn, we recommend to wear it full time, except during sleeping or taking shower. MiSight is only effective with a minimum wearing time of 6+ days per week, 10+ hours per day, for the best myopia control. Ortho-K reshaping effect on the cornea may last a day or two without lens wear, although the recommendation is to wear every night where possible.
MiyoSmart is easy to adapt, similar to MiSight contact lenses. Ortho-K is a rigid lens where patients generally adapt well to wearing Ortho-K lenses over time.
MiyoSmart is safe and less invasive compared to myopia control contact lenses. However, activities such as swimming is not convenient for MiyoSmart to be worn. A good level of hygiene is necessary when wearing contact lenses. MiSight contact lens should not be worn if it may come into contact with water (eg. swimming). In a child treated with Ortho-K has the advantage of clear vision during the day without lenses.
MiyoSmart can correct up to -10.00D of short-sighted prescription and -4.00D of astigmatism. Whereas the highest myopia correction available for MiSight is -6.00D with no astigmatism. Ortho-K can correct higher levels of myopia depending on patient suitability.