Myopia or nearsightedness can make it difficult to see things from afar, while you may have no problems looking at nearby objects. This may affect not only your daily efficiency, but may also put you at risk of developing other eye conditions. This is why Myopia Institute emphasizes the need to use myopia control options as soon as possible.
Recently, the Bar-Ilan University’s Institute of Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials (BINA) discovered a revolutionary, cutting-edge technology that can manage myopia and prevent it from worsening. Here’s what you need to know about it:
How It Works
Nano-Drops was developed by a group of ophthalmologists from BINA and Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Israel. Applying a few drops of this innovative solution to your eyes can locally modify your corneal refractive index. The nature and magnitude of the vision corrected can be adjusted depending on the how severe your refractive error is.
Your eye doctor further explains that you will need to download an application on your phone, which when launched, can measure your eyes’ refraction. Then, the application will create a laser pattern that can compensate your eyes’ irregularities. Afterward, the pattern will be “stamped” on your corneal surface. The laser stamping is not the same as that used in laser vision correction options. Rather, it’s only a small tool that’s connected to your device.
As the laser creates the pattern on your corneal epithelium, tiny spots are being created that will facilitate the entry of nanoparticles to your eyes. Upon applying the Nano-Drops, the nanoparticles will activate the stamped optical pattern and change the refractive index to achieve the desired vision correction. Ultimately, the light trajectory passing through your cornea is also modified.
The Nano-Drops technology, if developed further, could change the way myopia is managed. Patients are given a bigger role in correcting their vision, and in the comfort of their own home. Thanks to advances in technology, they only need to download the application, connect the laser device, and apply the Nano-Drops to achieve desired vision.
While the Nano-Drops innovation seems a good myopia control option, your optometrist explains that more research is still necessary. Currently, it has only been tested on non-human eyes. The Israeli ophthalmologists also need to determine how many drops are needed to achieve optimal correction and how long the effects would last.
For now, it may be best to rely on recognized myopia control options, such as prescription eyewear. Contact a local myopia control specialist today to learn more about them.