(Copyright: Rex Features)

(Copyright: Rex Features)

Slowing myopia in children by using orthokeratology caught the attention of national media this week following the presentation of latest research at the BCLA conference.

An article headlined ‘night time contact lenses stop children becoming short-sighted’ featured in the Daily Telegraph newspaper. Professor Pauline Cho, who is carrying out trials of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, said orthokeratology had been shown to effectively slow the progression of myopia in children.

The results of one study of 78 children aged 7 to 10 years old with 0.50D to 4.00D myopia showed that myopic progression of those received orthokeratology were 43 per cent slower, compared to the other group of children wearing spectacles.

The potential for orthokeratology as an intervention to childhood myopia was discussed widely and backed by a number of speakers during last month’s BCLA conference in Liverpool.