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Myopia Control

MiSight 1-day soft contact lenses are the first and only soft contact lens FDA approved to slow the progression of myopia in children, aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment. Children insert the soft lens in their eyes in the morning, wear them for at least 10 hours during the day, then throw them away in the evening. Do I have your attention now?

Near-sightedness, also called myopia, occurs when patients can see well up close, but have blurred distance vision.

Near-sightedness is caused from the eye itself growing longer over time, stretching out the retina which results in progressive vision loss and prescription changes. The changes in eye shape can occur due to genetics, but also correlate with “near work.” With the advent of digital devices, our children now spend several hours per day on screens. We know conclusively that children who spend more time indoors are at risk for becoming myopic.

Why does this matter? Because of the stretching that occurs with retinal tissue, these patients are at a significantly higher risk of developing retinal detachments, glaucoma, and a host of other diseases later in life, in addition to worsening vision.

Until recently, these children didn’t have many options other than to continually get thicker glasses. However, we now can search for ways to slow down the changes to the shape of the eye. This is called “Myopia Control”. Myopia control has been a mainstay in our practice for over 20 years now with Orthokeratology.

Is there something new available? There is: MiSight 1-day disposable soft contact lenses. These contact lenses fit and feel like a typical soft contact lens. They not only correct distance vision, but they are FDA approved to slow the progression of myopia by up to 59% and slow the rate at which the eye lengthens by 52%.

In the FDA approved study: 90% of children preferred wearing the MiSight lenses to wearing eyeglasses. 90% of children could insert and remove the MiSight lenses on their own. And 90% of parents reported their children were happy with their experience wearing the lenses. 

If your child is 8 years or older and requires glasses, please give us a call to schedule their annual eye exam. If they are a current patient and not yet due for an exam, let us know you are interested in finding out more about myopia control, and Dr. Brand will determine if they are a candidate without having to come in.

To learn more about MiSight & Brilliant Futures program, or to read the studies referenced yourself, please click on the links below:

https://coopervision.com/contact-lenses/misight-1-day

https://coopervision.com/our-company/news-center/press-release/misight-1-day-fda-approval

References, Clinical Studies, and continued reading:
MiSight® (omafilcon A) daily wear single use Soft Contact Lenses are indicated for the correction of myopic ametropia and for slowing the progression of myopia in children with non-diseased eyes, who at the initiation of treatment are 8-12 years of age and have a refraction of -0.75 to -4.00 diopters (spherical equivalent) with ≤ 0.75 diopters of astigmatism. The lens is to be discarded after each removal.

What You Should Know if Your Child is Nearsighted (Infographic). Retrieved October 29, 2019 from:
https://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/myopia-facts-infographic.htm

Macular Society. Myopia, Pathological Myopia and Myopic Macular Degeneration. Retrieved October 29, 2019 from:
https://www.macularsociety.org/sites/default/files/resource/Macular-Society-Factsheet-Myopic-Macular-Degeneration-2017-ACCESS.pdf

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