Australian eyecare professionals will have access to a new myopia control spectacle lens from 1 October when Hoya Lens Australia introduces its MiyoSmart lenses with D.I.M.S. Technology.
The non-invasive myopia management method has been developed on the back of a two-year double-blind randomised clinical trial in Hong Kong that showed wearing defocus spectacle lenses daily significantly slows progression and axial elongation in myopic children aged 8 to 13.
The trial concluded children wearing defocus lenses had 60% less myopia progression compared with those wearing single-vision lenses. According to Hoya, the findings provide strong evidence that defocus lenses are an effective tool to reduce myopia progression.
“This is the myopia management option that the Australian and New Zealand market has been waiting for,” Hoya Lens Australia managing director Mr Craig Chick said.
“We are proud to provide such an effective treatment with award winning technology. This product (MiyoSmart) highlights Hoya’s leadership in the optical industry.”
Hoya has developed the lens with its research collaborator The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
Following years of academic studies, product design and clinical research, the lens was produced based on Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments (D.I.M.S) Technology, which won the Grand Prize, Grand Award and Gold Medal at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva in April 2018.
According to Hoya, MiyoSmart lenses are an effective non-invasive method to manage myopia which can be fitted to a myopic child at any age, like regular single vision lenses.
MiyoSmart’s efficacy is based on patent-protected D.I.M.S segments creating a myopic defocus effect.
The lenses also feature a low-maintenance multi-coat that is water repellent, easy to wipe and durable with UV protection, making it suitable for children.
“With the focus on educating both eyecare professionals and parents on the importance of treating myopia and the various options that are currently available, MiyoSmart will be a welcome product to help combat myopia as a safe, easy and effective, non-invasive option with proven results,” the company stated.
Eyecare professionals wanting to dispense MiyoSmart lenses will need to meet accreditation criteria. For more information, contact a Hoya Sales Consultant or 1800 500 971 (Australia) or 0800 744 692 (New Zealand).