The prevalence of myopia is growing at a startling rate, particularly among younger individuals. Myopia, or nearsightedness, can change over time, often requiring full time glasses wear by the time a child reaches adulthood. Fortunately, we have ways of controlling myopia progression that give us hope for the future.
Myopia is the technical term for nearsightedness. This is due to the shape of the eye being elongated or the cornea being too steep, creating a focal point that is in front of the retina. What this means for the patient is that objects near their faces are clear, while those farther away are more difficult to make out.
Myopia in children is more common than it has ever been. One of the reasons may be the amount of time spent reading computer screens and studying books. Thankfully, new research and technology have given us new ways to deal with this problem.
The very root of myopia may be able to be controlled, slowing the progression. Controlling progression can be achieved by managing how images focus on different parts of the retina.
A long or steep eye is the reason for myopia. This problem can get progressively worse as children get older and their eyes grow. Coopervision’s MiSight 1 Day soft contact lenses slow down the rate at which the eye grows, limiting the progression of myopia. Studies indicate that MiSight 1 Day soft contacts can slow the progression of myopia by over 50%.
Multifocal lenses are made with a gradient of prescription strengths to limit eye strain and maximize vision correction. Objects far away appear clear without causing strain when looking at objects close-up. New studies indicate that the best myopia progression control can be achieved through the use of center distance soft multifocal contact lenses. Children can be fit with these lenses starting as young as 6-7 years of age. The choice between types of multifocal contact lenses is dependant on lifestyle, specific eye needs, and personal preference.
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