THE MYOPIA CLINIC
MELBOURNE'S COMPREHENSIVE MYOPIA CONTROL & ORTHO K CLINIC
Our focus is to give every child, teenager and young adult with myopia in Melbourne the best opportunity to maintain good eyesight and eye health.
We treat the cause of myopia, not just the symptoms.
We offer all the options to treat and manage your child's myopia.
At the Melbourne Myopia Clinic we provide world-class myopia care for children and teenagers with short-sightedness.
With new technologies and evidence-based treatments we can now slow or even stop your child's eyesight deterioration.
This is called Myopia Control. Preventing your child's degree of myopia from increasing with effective treatment gives them the chance to enjoy a lifetime of better vision, the potential for better eye health, and avoiding thick and heavy glasses.
Glasses only reduce the symptoms of myopia. There are now much better options.
We provide a full range of myopia treatments including Orthokeratology (Ortho K corneal reshaping lenses worn at night, or OK lenses), dual-focus soft contact lenses (MiSight, NaturalVue Multifocal), special types of spectacle lenses and medicated atropine eye drops, to reduce abnormal eye growth that causes myopia to develop and progress.
If your child is already wearing glasses, or has worsening eyesight each year, we can help.
SLOWING SHORT-SIGHTEDNESS PROGRESSION.
MYOPIA = LONG EYEBALL
WHAT IS MYOPIA?
Myopia. That's the medical term for what is commonly called short-sightedness or near-sightedness. It means blurred vision in the far distance. Children with myopia may have difficulty seeing the whiteboard at school, or recognising people far away.
While most people think having short-sightedness just means wearing a pair of glasses, it's actually much more than that. Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long. Longer eyes are at significantly higher risks of developing eye disease and blindness in life, from conditions such as retinal detachment, glaucoma, myopic macular degeneration and cataracts.
Myopia is an eye growth disorder that causes blurred vision.
Regular glasses and contact lenses are only masking the symptoms of myopia, by reducing blur. With myopia control intervention we treat the underlying problem — excessive eye growth.
The average length of an adult eye is 23.5-24mm. Every millimetre of eye elongation with myopia increases the risks of eye disease and vision loss.
Using specialist ocular biometry equipment, we measure your child's eye axial length (the length of the eye ball from the cornea to the retina), monitoring myopia progression and assessing treatment effectiveness with millimetric precision. We are one of just a few clinics in Australia to offer this advanced technology to our paediatric patients for myopia care.
WE MEASURE EYE AXIAL LENGTH.
WHY CHOOSE US?
Our optometrist is a leading expert in children's myopia management in Melbourne.
Optometrist Dr Philip Cheng is one of Australia's leading clinicians in the area of Myopia Control and Orthokeratology. Trained at the University of Melbourne and with over 15 years of experience, Philip has full endorsements to prescribe therapeutic eye treatments and renowned expertise in the fitting of Ortho K lenses.
At this clinic you can expect the most up-the-date knowledge, latest diagnostic technologies and professional advice on the best ways to manage your child's short-sightedness and prevent the continual worsening of their vision.
If you have any concerns about your child's vision or questions about advice given by another practitioner, we welcome you to seek a second opinion with us. Our optometrist can give you an expert opinion on your child's level of myopia, rate of progression and the treatment options best suited for their needs. Your child's eyes are too important to be left to chance.
THE LATEST IN TECHNOLOGY.
ALL THE GOOD REASONS TO SEE US.
The Myopia Clinic is Melbourne's comprehensive myopia control centre for children with short-sightedness. There are many reasons why parents from across Melbourne bring their children to see us for assessment and ongoing myopia care. Here are a few.
Children with myopic parents are up to 6 times more likely to develop myopia. Parents who have a high degree of short-sightedness themselves are often understandably concerned about their children's eyes and proactive about preventing them from developing the same eye problems. As a paediatric eye clinic, we can test young children and even infants.
Children already wearing glasses for myopia are very likely to progress. The younger the child when first diagnosed with myopia, the higher the risk of vision deterioration into high myopia, as the eye undergoes growth and elongation over a longer period of time. Regular glasses can only correct vision but cannot slow the progression of myopia.
EYES GETTING WORSE RAPIDLY.
Many of the children visiting us for the first time already have rapidly progressive myopia, requiring new glasses every 6 to 12 months. The parents are rightfully worried about their kids' eyes worsening so quickly. With the effective myopia control treatments available at this clinic, we can help these children maintain more stable eyesight.
Glasses are inconvenient and cumbersome. Especially for active children and teens participating in sporting activities. Contact lenses can give children the confidence they need to play at their best. Kids who wear our Ortho K night-time lenses enjoy clear vision without glasses during the day.
SEEKING A SECOND OPINION.
Parents often bring their children to our clinic for a second opinion about their myopia. When it comes to children's eyes, it's always best to be sure that they are diagnosed and managed correctly.
REFERRED TO US.
We welcome and accept referrals from all optometrists and health care providers, including GPs and ophthalmologists. We regularly receive referrals from other optometrists in mainstream optical practices such as OPSM, Specsavers, BUPA Optical and BIG W Optical, as well as independent practices, for myopia management and Ortho K lens fitting.
EXPERT MYOPIA CARE.
YOUR CHILD DESERVES THE BEST.
Our optometrist Dr Philip Cheng is internationally known for his passion and expertise in managing childhood myopia, both as a clinician and for his contribution to peer education and myopia awareness in the community. With hundreds of children and families under his care in our Melbourne Myopia Clinic, he has immense experience in prescribing treatments to most effectively treat the progression of myopia, no matter how complex your child's case may be.
Our clinic features the latest in eye care technologies to best diagnose and manage your child's myopia. This includes state-of-the-art optical biometry with the Zeiss IOL Master — an instrument used by eye specialists — to precisely measure eye length. Eye axial length is an essential assessment to properly monitor eye growth and myopia progression, particularly for children using Ortho K treatment. We are pleased to offer this advanced technology to all our patients, at no extra charge.
To ensure your child receives the best possible attention and care, we provide extended consultations to thoroughly assess each aspect of your child's vision and eye health. The initial comprehensive assessment will generally take 45 minutes to one hour. Our aim is for every parent visiting this clinic to gain greater knowledge and understanding of their child's myopia condition.
We offer and prescribe all clinically-effective myopia treatment options available in Australia, unlike other general optometrists who may only have access to limited options. With our complete suite of treatments and products we can tailor your child's treatment plan to their individual differences and needs to slow the progression of myopia as much as possible.
MORE HIGHLY RATED.
Our optometrist has been chosen by Three Best Rated as one of Melbourne's Top 3 Best Optometrists for two consecutive years. This symbol of excellence means you can expect the highest standards of care at our clinic.
Orthokeratology — Ortho K or OK lens — is overnight vision correction with special hard contact lenses worn at night-time during sleep. This advanced corneal shaping treatment to restore clear vision is safe, effective, reversible and non-invasive.
We design and fit the latest generation of fully-customised Ortho K lenses for both children and adults. Our OK lenses, each individually designed, can correct even high levels of astigmatism and high myopia beyond the range typically correctable with standard OK lenses.
Many adults wear Ortho K for the freedom of seeing clearly again, without the need to wear glasses or contacts during the day. For kids, Ortho K corrects their vision as well as significantly slowing their eyesight deterioration.
Experience matters for successful fitting of complex Ortho K lenses and for best results. As an accredited member of the Orthokeratology Society of Oceania (OSO), the International Academy of Orthokeratology & Myopia Control (IAOMC), and the Cornea & Contact Lens Society of Australia (CCLSA), our optometrist is chosen and trusted by families across Melbourne for their children's Ortho K vision treatment.
15 March 2019
By Felicity Nelson — The Medical Republic Newspaper
We can do more for kids with stretched eyeballs
'Myopia was once viewed as a mere optical inconvenience – a refractive error easily corrected with simple, minus-power spectacles. Not anymore.'
BLOG | INFORMATION FOR PARENTS
Our optometrist is a contributing writer for My Kids Vision, an international blog started by myopia expert Dr Kate Gifford for parents on children's vision and eye health issues. Philip is passionate about raising public awareness and helping more parents around the world understand and learn about myopia, so that more children can receive the care and help they need.
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