Hoya is set to launch a new lens technology, which the company says will reduce myopia progression in children and teenagers. MyoSmart with D.I.M.S. Technology was developed in cooperation with its partner, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The two organisations launched a cooperation in 2012, with the focus on developing a new myopia control lens capable of preventing myopia from worsening or slowing down its progression.
Following years of academic studies, product design and clinical research, Hoya Corporation and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University developed the new spectacle lens, based on a Defocus Incorporated Multiple Segments Technology or ‘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.
Wearing defocus spectacles daily significantly slows myopia progression and axial elongation in myopic school children aged eight to 13, according to a two-year double-blind randomised clinical trial in which 160 Chinese myopic children in Hong Kong participated. Following the trial, which began in 2014, children wearing defocus lenses had 60 per cent less myopia progression and in 21.5 per cent of the children, the myopia progression halted completely. The findings provide strong evidence that defocus lenses are effective in reducing myopia progression.
MyoSmart with D.I.M.S. Technology, which has a smooth surface and looks almost identical to a regular lens was presented on the 6 March at a symposium in Shanghai which was organised by Hoya. A second successful symposium for key opinion leaders, “Symposium of Defocus Theory and Clinical Results in Myopia Control”, was held at Hong Kong Hyatt Regency Hotel on 25 April, organised by Hoya Lens HK Ltd. and the Global Marketing team. Both events were attended by over 30 key opinion leaders and the D.I.M.S. Technology was very well received.
MyoSmart lenses will be launched in Hong Kong and China in the summer of 2018. A broader, global launch is slated to begin in 2019/2020.