A non-invasive, highly efficacious and cost effective way to manage myopia in children is here! MiyoSmart is an innovative ophthalmic lens for myopia control developed by HOYA, in cooperation with The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. It is estimated by 2050, 50% of the population will be myopic and 10% very myopic. Many factors, such as pervasive near-work activities, less time spent outdoors, the high value placed on educational performance, suggest the incidence of myopia in children will increase. Children under 10 years of age have the most rapid annual myopia progression rate. HOYA’s MiyoSmart lens utilizes the D.I.M.S (Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments) technology, which showed a 59% efficacy rate in a 2 year published study on 160 school age Chinese children (age 8 to 13). The lens is comprised of a central optical zone for correcting the refractive error and multiple defocus segments evenly surrounding the lens’ central zone. This provides clear vision and myopic defocus simultaneously at all viewing distances. Creating a myopic defocus (bringing rays in front of the retina) prevents eyeball (axial length) elongation, which has been linked to myopia progression. This is exciting news because myopia more than blurs vision. The concern stems from the accompanying increased axial length, which put myopic patients at increased risk of blinding eye diseases like retinal detachment, and myopia macular degeneration, as well as glaucoma and premature cataract. Dr. Mei-Ling Chan Optometry is excited to be able to offer this technology and help our young patients (and their parents) preserve their vision.