April 20, 2022
Did you know that MiSight® contacts can slow down the rate of myopia progression by about 50 percent? If your child is diagnosed with myopia, during your visit at East Main Vision Clinic, your child may be recommended MiSight contact lenses as a groundbreaking solution to controlling myopia progression.
Myopia in children can cause a variety of challenges for your child growing up. One of these is is a high risk of ocular conditions that may threaten vision loss later in life. Therefore, it is essential to diagnose and treat myopia early. Early diagnosis means that their eye doctor can significantly slow down the progression.
What Are MiSight Contacts?
MiSight contact lenses are a type of lens that effectively slows down the progression of myopia in children. These single-use daily disposable lenses are the only FDA-approved lenses that slow down the progression of myopia. Here are several advantages to CooperVision’s MiSight contact lenses.
They offer excellent correction of vision and myopia control
They do not need cleaning at the end of the day since they are disposable
You can quickly replace them by opening a new pack of lenses
They tend to be more comfortable than their rigid counterparts
Other manufacturers design standard lenses for myopic vision but not control. Therefore, they do not work to prevent myopia progression in children.
Control of Myopia
Myopia or nearsightedness is a condition where distant objects appear blurry and unclear. It occurs because of the elongation of the eyeball or steep curvature of the cornea. This causes light that enters the eye to focus in front of the retina instead of on it. Myopia usually develops while you are still a child, and it progresses to and stabilizes in adulthood.
Diagnosing and treating nearsightedness in a child can prevent high myopia from developing. Children may not even notice the symptoms of developing myopia. You should check for:
Clumsiness or running into objects
Sitting closer to things in class or at home
Rubbing the eyes frequently
High myopia predisposes you to the risk of developing other eye conditions such as glaucoma, retinal detachment, and cataracts.
How Do MiSight Contacts Work?
Through their design, MiSight lenses slow the elongation of the eye and correct refractive errors. They have peripheral rings that focus light in front of the retina. They also have two correction zones and two myopic control zones.
The center of the lens does vision correction. The outer alternating rings are for control of myopia and correction of vision. The vision correction zones are primarily for myopia correction in all visual directions. The control rings generate myopic defocus, which is essential for slowing the elongation of the eye.
How Are MiSight Lenses Different From Other Contacts?
Standard lenses are only helpful for myopia correction. They help by providing sharp vision, but they cannot slow down myopic progression. Standard lenses do not have myopia treatment zones around the center. MiSight lenses are effective for both correction and control of myopia.
For more on how MiSight contacts work, call East Main Vision Clinic in Puyallup, Washington at (253) 780-0700 to speak with our team today!