MiSight Contact Lenses For Myopia Management
What is Myopia (Nearsightedness) and Myopia Control?
Myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back. Instead of focusing images on the retina—the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye—images are focused at a point in front of the retina. As a result, people with myopia have good near vision but poor distance vision. Several studies indicate that the prevalence of myopia is increasing worldwide, and researchers project that the trend will continue in the coming decades. “Myopia Control” is the term used to describe specific treatments to slow the progression of nearsightedness in children.
Why must we slow progression of Myopia?
Myopia rates have been on the rise, so much so that it is now considered an “epidemic.” In 2010, 30% of the world’s population had myopia and projections predict 50% by 2050. In 2050, 10% will have high myopia (-5.00D or worse). This is of great concern because a high myopic eye is at a much greater risk for sight threatening pathology. Conditions associated with high myopia are myopia macular degeneration, myopic retinopathy, retinal detachment, splitting of the inner layers of the retina, glaucoma, thinning in the periphery retina, cataract development, and vision impairment among a few. At Visionary Eye Center, we work to slow progression to protect your child’s eyes for the future.
What is the “MiSight Coopervision Contact Lens Program?”
The MiSight® 1 day lens is clinically proven to slow the progression of myopia when initially prescribed for children 8-12 years old. MiSight 1 day contact lenses were clinically validated in a multi-year comprehensive study that enrolled children between 8 and 12. Over three years, MiSight reduced myopia progression by 59%, versus a single vision 1 day lens.
What are MiSight Contact Lenses?
MiSight contact lenses are daily disposable soft contact lenses designed to slow myopia progression in children.
When inserted into the eye, the central part of the MiSight contact lens corrects the refractive error, much like a traditional corrective lens. But the peripheral part of the lens has uniquely designed concentric rings that direct light to focus on the retina. This has been shown to significantly reduce the stimuli causing the eye to grow longer.
How Does MiSight 1-Day Work?
The clinical study of MiSight 1 day lenses was the first to demonstrate sustained reduction in myopia progression with a soft contact lenses over a three-year period.
MiSight also saw a 52% reduction in average axial lengthening.
Safety and Effectiveness of MiSight Contact Lenses
The safety and effectiveness of MiSight were studied in a 3-year clinical trial of 135 children aged 8 to 12 who were prescribed either MiSight or traditional soft contact lenses. Over the 3-year period, myopia progressed at a much slower rate — by 59% to be exact — in the children who wore MiSight contact lenses compared to the children who wore conventional soft contacts.
These results indicate that MiSight could be an excellent option for slowing myopia progression in your child.
Speak with Dr. Sheiner to learn more about MiSight contact lenses and to find out how they can help your child effectively limit myopia progression.