MiyoSmart

The smart way to treat myopia in children.

Together we can tackle myopia in children.

Parents concerned about their children’s health and well-being, who invest heavily in their kids’ futures, will be at the forefront of an already vast and growing market for myopia control lenses. As a non-invasive and effective myopia control solution, MiYOSMART lets you help parents and children ensure future vision health while continuing to tap into the market potential that fuels your business.

An award-winning, breakthrough ophthalmic lens.

Through their researches3-5 on myopic defocus theory, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) found that myopia can be controlled by simultaneously providing clear vision and constant myopic defocus.

The researchers found that the axial length of the eyeball is affected by the position of an image projected in relation to the retina. When the position of a welldefined portion of the projected image is located continuously in front of the retina, the axial length tends to become shorter and vice versa. Thus, this indicates that projecting images in front and on the retina at the same time can control axial growth and myopia progression.

Tapping into PolyU’s expertise in myopia control, HOYA joined forces with them in 2012 and began to develop a technology to control myopia progression using ophthalmic lenses.

This technology is known as the Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (D.I.M.S.), which is the basis of MiYOSMART.

An award-winning and clinically proven solution for myopia control.

MiYOSMART is a non-invasive lens engineered specifically to correct myopia and slows its progression.2 years of data shows a 60% slowdown of myopia progression on average—myopia progression (SER) slowed by 59% and axial elongation (AL) decreased by 60% compared with those wearing single vision lenses. Myopia progression was completely stopped in 21.5% of those wearing MiYOSMART. The 2 year randomized controlled trial involved 160 children aged 8 to 13.6MiYOSMART is a non-invasive lens engineered specifically to correct myopia and slows its progression.In 2018, the MiYOSMART lens won the Gold Prize, Grand Award & Special Gold Award Int’l Exhibition of Inventions, International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, Switzerland. In 2020, it won Silmo d’Or Award in the Vision category at the Silmo Paris Optical Fair.

A patented technology for your young patients.

D.I.M.S. technology slows down myopia progression on average by 60% and proven MiYOSMART comes with an easy-to-wipe special anti-reflective, to halt myopia progression in 21.5% of children through controlling eye growth.6

MiYOSMART with D.I.M.S. technology is a single vision corrective lens with a front surface that is comprised of hundreds of small segments, each providing myopic defocus. When the eye sees through a pupil-sized area, shown in the illustration below, there is a defocus zone in the eye.

This lens structure makes it possible to simultaneously slow the growth of the eyeball and provide clear vision. Within the 9.4 mm diameter circle area in the center of the lens, there are no defocus segments. This is designed to make it possible to measure lens power and correct refractive error to meet clear vision needs.

How D.I.M.S technology works in MiYOSMART

To effectively control myopia progression, myopic defocus has to be experienced by the wearer constantly, even during eye movement. This requires a significant quantity of defocus segments to be evenly distributed on the lens surface. With its decades of experience in ophthalmic lens production and development, HOYA incorporated the D.I.M.S. technology and successfully produced smooth-surfaced lenses with multiple defocus segments. Due to the excellent concept and innovative production technology, MiYOSMART’s cosmetic appearance is highly similar to regular single vision lenses

With MiYOSMART’s features and your care, we can give children better vision and better protection.

Since children are active, there is a need for the lens material to be impact-resistant to offer their eyes the protection they need. MiYOSMART uses polycarbonate 1.59 which is a highly impact-resistant material that has passed the high velocity impact drop ball test.

Eye Shield also comes with UV protection for an all-round protective solution.

MiYOSMART comes with an easy-to-wipe special anti-reflective, coating to fit into any active child’s lifestyle.

World Optometry Week

patient checking vision on modern equipment in clinic

This week is World Optometry Week, and its very symbolic as we recognize and honor the eye care profession. One devoted to providing comprehensive eye care, with professionals who work earnestly to make this care accessible to all.

The World Council of Optometry (WCO) defines an optometrist as a healthcare professional who provides comprehensive eye care and vision care. This includes refraction and dispensing detectional diagnosis, management of disease (s) in the eye, and the rehabilitation of conditions of the visual system.

Here are a few general eye care routines that can help you maintain healthy vision:

  • Include Essential Vitamins And Minerals in Your Diet: Foods rich in vitamins, nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants and help prevent most eye problems and vision-related issues. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acid are also important.
  • Use Sunglasses: Sunglasses play a huge role in protecting your eyes from the damaging UVA and UVB rays. Exposure to sun rays causes many vision-related issues, such as macular degeneration and cataracts. 
  • Always Wear Protective Eyewear: Always remember to wear protective eyewear to avoid the risk of injury e.g. during contact sports.
  • Know Your Family’s Eye Health History: Some eye issues such as glaucoma, are hereditary. Knowledge of your family history can help you take precautions.
  • Avoid Touching Your Eyes Frequently: Frequently touching your eye makes it vulnerable to infection. Anything that irritates your eyes can affect your vision. You must always clean your hands before touching your eyes.
  • For computer users, keep the area well lit: Ensure that the area is well lit, and the computer screen is not brighter than the background light. Also, sit away from the window to minimize glare as it makes your eyes work harder, thus straining them.
  • Observe 20-20-20 Rule: Every 20 minutes, take a break and look at something that’s at least 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This helps in reducing eye strain and improves the eye’s ability to focus.
  • Blink: Failure to blink causes dry eye syndrome, which is when there isn’t enough moisture in the eye. So it is important to blink as often as possible. Take extra care to do this while working, as we are prone to being so engrossed that we sometimes forget to blink.

CooperVision® Hy-Care® Product Recall

CooperVision® Hy-Care® multipurpose contact lens solution

We have been advised of a voluntary recall by contact lens solutions manufacturer, CooperVision, of Hy-Care® multipurpose contact lens solution (60ml & 360ml bottles).

The manufacturer’s quality testing determined that the product may not offer appropriate levels of disinfection in some circumstances against high levels of a particular yeast organism. Although no complaints have been received and there have been no confirmed incidents attributed to inadequate disinfection, this action is out of an abundance of caution.

The manufacturer will shortly be setting up a website where users of the product can go for information on what do to and how to be reimbursed. While this is being done, please cease use of your Hy-Care® multipurpose contact lens solution and retain the bottle.

Protecting your eyes from the sun.

The Sun’s Effect On Our Eyes

Even though it is less talked about than skin damage, the sun can have a very damaging effect on our eyes, especially after prolonged or direct exposure. Ultra-violet (UV) rays from the sun may contribute to damaging the cells in our eyes and lead to long-term issues. UV rays from the sun may contribute to the causes of the following:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular degeneration
  • And photokeratitis, which is essentially a “sunburn of your cornea”. (Yes, that’s right: your eyes can get sunburnt. This can lead to blurred vision, light sensitivity, and even temporarily blindness, often referred to as “snow blindness”)

How To Protect Your Eyes From The Sun?

The most common way to protect your eyes from the UV rays of the sun is by wearing sunglasses.

These are able to block some UV rays that may cause damage to your eyes and help protect them from harmful effects. And if you think a wide-brimmed hat or a snow cap is enough to block out these harmful rays, think again: snow, water, dry sand, and sea foam are all able to reflect the sun’s UV rays back up into your face, making sunglasses necessary for protecting your eyes.

Choosing the right lenses for your glasses

Most people spend a lot of time choosing the frames for their glasses because of the choices available. However, very few realize that they also have a wide range of lenses available to them that offer protection for their eyes and give them the clearest and sharpest vision.

While selecting frames is very important to ensure comfort and look but choosing the lenses that are right for your vision, lifestyle and needs also requires time and consideration.

What lenses should you choose?

Your eyes and eyeglasses must work together to create the clearest vision in a comfortable way each and every day. This is why it’s important to choose the lenses that are best suited for you. The lenses of your glasses aim to correct, protect and enhance your vision. Here are some of the lenses options available to you:

Lenses that correct your vision:

  • Single vision lenses are the most common lenses used to correct your vision. These lenses are tailored-made to match your prescription and correct eye conditions such as myopia, hyperopia and astigmatism.
  • Both bifocals and progressive lenses are made to correct the vision of people (usually over 40 years old) suffering from presbyopia. The difference is that bifocals only help you see properly far and close-up while progressive lenses correct your vision at all distances.
  • Computer glasses with an addition, not only protect your vision in front of digital screens, they also help your vision focus when switching from one screen to another, such as from your computer to your phone.

Lenses that protect your eyes:

To protect your eyes, special coatings are added to the lenses of your eyeglasses. All of the options below can be used together to ensure your eyeglasses provides you with the best vision for your needs and lifestyle:

  • Photochromic lenses are light-sensitive lenses that adapt to varying degrees of brightness and filter UV rays.
  • Anti-glare lenses protect your eyes against bright lights and are great for people who drive regularly or for those who spend some time outdoors.
  • Blue light protection lenses filters harmful light that comes from the sun, televisions, computer screens and cell phones.
  • UV protection lenses are able to block ultraviolet rays.

How to Choose the right lenses?

Here are some helpful tips for you to choose the right lenses for your glasses to make your decision easier or at least make sure you make the best choice.

Everyone has differing needs when it comes to eyeglasses. Be it fashion or functional needs, the choices are many. So before selecting your glasses you need to consider a few factors when making your decision. Here are some questions you should ask yourself before deciding:

Do you have trouble seeing things up close or far away?

Short sightedness (myopia) or farsightedness (hyperopia) are common eye conditions that can easily be corrected through single vision prescription lenses. If you seem to have trouble seeing objects that are near and far, you likely need progressive lenses.

Are you having trouble reading?

If you are over 40, this is a common symptom of presbyopia, which may require progressive lenses.

Do you use the computer a lot or watch a lot of TV?

Computer glasses can prevent eye strain and over exposure to blue light. These lenses are perfect if you spend a lot of time in front of digital screens.

Are you an outdoors person?

UV lenses can be useful in protecting your eyes from over exposure to harmful UV light. In addition, photochromic or adaptive lenses ensure comfortable vision both indoors and outdoors.

Do you play a lot of sports?

Anti-scratch, anti-smudge, anti-dust or even water-repellent lens coatings on your glasses can help you enjoy your active lifestyle to the fullest.

Do you drive at night?

Anti-glare lenses can prevent accidents by providing crystal clear vision throughout your ride.

There are many more questions you should ask yourself, but these should provide you with a good starting point when it comes to choosing the lenses that suit you best. Make sure you spend enough time discussing these options with your eye specialist.