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Red Light Therapy for Myopia

As time passes, red light therapy is becoming even more widely respected in the medical realm — and with the general public. There are endless illnesses and ailments that can be helped with the use of RLT, and while word of mouth is all well and good, it’s nice to hear a bit more about what exactly it can do for specific problems you may be having.

Today, we’re going to run through a few of the positive steps that have been taken to help those suffering from myopia. Red light therapy is still seen as being in its infancy by many, but as we’re about to discuss, that doesn’t mean we aren’t hearing some great things about how it can be used to reduce myopia’s impact.

So sit back, relax, and join us on this journey!


What is myopia?

Myopia is a word that you may not have necessarily heard of before, and in a general sense, it’s best known as short-sightedness, and it’s very common. Myopia is an eye condition where you cannot see objects that are located far away clearly. More often than not, you can correct this (to a certain extent) through the help of prescription glasses or contact lenses.

The signs of myopia tend to start at a young age, with children between the ages of 6 and 13. However, it can also happen in adults, depending on how they’ve been treating their eyes and whether or not they’ve noticed the symptoms. They include sitting too close to the TV or computer, getting consistent headaches, rubbing your eyes a great deal, and more.

It’s certainly not a condition that’s difficult to treat, but it can be frustrating. So, why not try and find a way to ease the burden, even if it’s ever so slightly? That’s what red light therapy is here to do, and regardless of whether or not you’re willing to take the leap, we still want to highlight a few points that will give you a better idea of how it all works.


Using red light therapy for myopia

In 2019, a study was conducted of 264 eligible children who were aged between 8 and 13. They all suffered from myopia of cycloplegic spherical equivalent refraction, better known as SER. At the conclusion of the study, it was deemed that repeated low-level red light therapy was a promising alternative treatment for myopia in children with no documented structural damage.

In a trial conducted in five hospitals in China, repeated red light therapy was seen to be effective in slowing myopia progression. The idea is to create a time-effective alternative to increasing bright light exposure in children, stemming the flow, so to speak, and having better control over the treatment of their eye health.

Of course, it’s all about managing expectations and understanding that there’s a lot more work that needs to be done in order to make the general public feel more secure. There are a lot of great treatments out there to help myopia, but with red light therapy, you’re being handed another effective option that can be used at any time, any place.


Note on research

While there’s a lot of excitement in the air when it comes to red light therapy for myopia, we have to stress that there’s still a lot of research that needs to be done. There are certainly studies out there, one of which we’ve listed, but time is a wonderful thing.

As it passes by, more and more evidence will come to light as we rapidly approach more concrete solutions. For the time being, take everything that you read about RLT for myopia with a grain of salt, and be sure to consult your physician before trying anything out.


Want to try red light therapy? Contact us!

From first hearing about it to applying it and beyond, we understand why red light therapy can freak people out when they first hear about it. Alas, as more and more studies continue to pile up, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that RLT is an incredibly important form of photomedicine across the globe.

It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but you can’t argue with the results — or the thousands of positive reviews that NovaaLab has received in recent years. As a company, we strive to give you a better quality of life above anything else. We aren’t here to sell falsehoods, and we aren’t here to waste your time.

So, if you’re interested in learning more about what we do, feel free to get in touch!