----- Original Message -----
Sent: Thursday, September 02, 2004 6:12 PM
Subject: Worried about my son
I am Padma and I live in California. My son who is 8
years old has been told last week that he has to put glasses as his vision
is 20/40. They have prescribed him -1.00 lens. My husband is 41 years and
has perfect vision. I have myopia and got them when I was 20 years. The
doctor thinks it is in my son's genes to get it. But I do not agree with
him. Genes or no genes, I want my son to have very good vision since he
dreams to become a pilot.
I have extensively searched the web in the last two
days and am surprised (and confused) about the theory of plus lens for
myopia. I am desperate not to put on the glasses for my son as I know that
once he puts them on he is going to live with them for ever. I am eagerly
waiting for your reply.
Meanwhile, I am trying to improve his diet by
including carrots, almonds and eggs on a daily basis.
I am eagerly waiting for your reply and advice.
Desperate and worried mother
One thing I do recommend.
Do not do ANYTHING for at least two to four weeks.
Your son is at no risk at all.
You should research everything you can find. Do
not attempt anything until you feel you are "on the right track".
I would love to send you to Steve Leung OD who would
help you with this work -- since he his helping his own children in ths
manner -- but he is in Hong Kong.
His site is:
Spend a great time thinking about this issue -- before
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, September 03, 2004 11:09 AM
Subject: RE: Worried about my son
you for your prompt response. I understand that the 'plus lens' concept
requires constant and consistent efforts which is a little difficult for an
8 year old. But I also do not want my son get hooked on to glasses. I will
surely keep your advice in mind and will visit the chinamyopia website.
forward to your advice anytime in this regard.
> Thanks for inquiry.
> We don't call Dr. for optometrist, simply Mr. is good enough in HK.
> 20/40 vision is not so bad, I knew it is the minium legal requirement
> for driving in the States. That means no desperate need for minus
> Remember, the earlier age put on minus glasses, the faster naked eye
> deteriorates. I hope your son hasn't been given the minus glasses.
> the eye will only get worse once it started myopia if nothing is
implemented for prevention.
> Distance of near work is critical for the development of myopia. The
> closer range of near-work, the greater value of accommodation exerts
> by an eye. Accommodation == 100/distance (cm).
> The idea of plus lens is to reduce the burden of accommodation by an eye
> prolong near work. Its major goal is for prevention from getting worse.
> You should consider the use of plus for his long term visual welfare
> in serious.
> For the power of plus lens, you have to consider his habitual reading
> distance and take the above equation for calculation.
> The more he can tolerate, the more he will be paid off in the long run.
> Patience is a must!
> He has to put on the PLUS whenever it is possible especial for everything
> I hope once you grasp the underlie principle of plus lens, don't let
> your child be one of the myopic folk. And spread out the message of
> prevention as far as you can.
> Steve H Leung
> cc Otis
Padma Eyyunni writes:
> Dear Mr. Leung
> Thank you for your prompt reply. I will surely work on your advice. I
> have one more question. Should my son take out the plus lens everytime
> he looks at the chalkboard in the class room or when he is looking at
> something far away. What happens if he has the plus lens when he is
> watchng far away things? Is it going to harm his eyes or just that he
> will not be seeing distance things clearly when using a plus lens.
> Thank you