Here in this article, you will learn more about our customers’ experiences with MiYOSMART lenses from Hoya. These lenses have a unique design that can slow the progression of myopia by up to 60%. This is what studies have shown.
Unlike conventional lenses, there is an effective area all around the center of the lenses. This area is necessary to bring about the control effect of the progression of myopia.
In the first moments when the children put on the lenses, their gaze still wanders to the outer area. Then the children often report a somewhat blurred vision. The children learn very quickly to adjust their heads a little more so that they only see the sharpest part of the lens. So you have the best of both worlds. The sharp vision and the slowing down in terms of the development of myopia.
If we talk about the blurrier vision that children experience when you look through the effective area of the, then the vision in terms of perception of space is still very good. Cars, stairs, or contrasts, everything can be perceived very well. However, if the head is aligned a little better enjoy the full visual acuity.
MiYOSMART lenses are fully accepted by children after 2-3 days. Then the DIMS technology, which stands for Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments, is no longer noticeable. Defocus describes how the
What is the Cost of MiYOSMART Glasses?
The price of MiYOSMART lenses is higher than conventional lenses. A pair of MiYOSMART lenses is about $600.
How Do the MiYOSMART Lenses Look Like?
MiYOSMART lenses look like normal lenses directly looking at the wearer. However, depending on the angle of the reflections of the lenses you can see spot the tiny lens segments as shown in the picture below. You can also see the changed lens design as soon as you look at the lenses more from the sides at a steeper angle. But you really look closely at them.
What’s most relevant about the MiYOSMART lenses is how they look in the face of the wearer. Especially with children, they do not want to look way different compared to their peers. And this is also what those special lenses achieve.
If you have a closer look at the picture below the face does not look different and the eyes can be seen as good as with normal lenses. Even professionals will have a hard time seeing if those are normal lenses or MiYOSMART lenses when they are built into a frame.
This is extremely important because the child needs to accept the lenses in its daily routines. When the glasses are not worn they can not influence the progression of myopia positively. This is why we in our optical shop believe it is crucial to educate the children why this lens design is recommended and what we are trying to achieve.
When the child understood why the change in lens design makes sense suddenly acceptance becomes very quick. This was not the case with bifocal lenses which have a visible line in the middle of the lens. In regards to aesthetics, the approach of MiYOSMART is a lot better.
Critics would say children could also use special progressive lenses to slow down the progression of myopia but when it comes to the clear field of view MiYOSMART lenses provide an approximately 4-5x bigger one when the wearer is reading. In addition to that studies showed progressive lenses were less effective for slowing down myopia.
How Do MiYOSMART Lenses Actually Work?
MiYOSMART lenses from Hoya work by changing the way the peripheral light rays get focused on the retina. When you think lenses and the produced focus in their eye you actually think about one tiny sharp spot where all the light rays get focused. In reality, the situation is more complex. The image produced in our eyes appears on the curved back of our eyes. This curved surface requires different focal points.
What you see with conventional lenses is they do have not enough power in the periphery to project the image onto the retina. The Image would theoretically be positioned behind the eyes. Here is what MiYOSMART lenses do differently compared to conventional lenses. MiYOSMART lenses have tiny lens segments in the periphery with an additional plus power of +3,50 Diopters.
This is basically enough change in lens power in the periphery to focus the image in the periphery into the eyes but it will not disturb the wearer. This genius lens design achieves up to 60% less progression of myopia. Compared to contact lenses the parents and the children do not have to deal with solutions and much care as with other myopia control solutions on the market.
The left side of the image shows the Conventional type of correction
Single vision lenses correct myopia so that the plane of focus falls exactly on the center of the retina, but is behind it in the entire periphery (hyperopic defocus).
The right side of the image shows the Innovative type of correction for myopia (MiYOSMART from Hoya)
The focus lies exactly on the retina in the center and in front of it in the outer periphery (myopic defocus).
In Which Materials Are the Lenses Available?
MiYOSMART lenses are available in polycarbonate. This lens material is thinner and lighter than plastic lenses. Polycarbonate is impact-resistant, shatter-proof, and provides 100% UV protection, making them the optimal choice for kids.
When should children wear MiYOSMART lenses?
These special lenses are suitable for children whose myopia was diagnosed before the age of 10. Especially if the parents are also myopic. The eye care specialist also looks at the rate at which myopia was progressing in the last years. It is advised to bring this data to the eye care specialist if you are interested in these special lenses.
In the course of an ophthalmological examination, the strength of the defective vision is examined and, if necessary, MiYOSMART glasses are prescribed. After two weeks, the patient should be checked by an optician. The lens can be used from 0.5 DPT myopia.
It is advised to wear this type of lenses until the eyes show no progression anymore. This means the lens design is recommended from an early age of 6 until the mid-twenties. Usually, myopia starts in children parallel to schooling. The children spend a lot more time looking at closer distances. So does this pattern continue in university when they have to learn. This is why this time frame is recommended.
The lenses are available up to 10 diopters of myopia and astigmatism of -4.0D.