As children spend less time outside and more time in front of screens, short-sightedness, or ‘myopia’, is becoming increasingly common.[i] Parents who are familiar with the condition know that their children tend to experience blurry or distorted vision. Often what people don’t realise is that short-sightedness can progress quickly and can sometimes lead to serious long-term complications such as retinal detachment or glaucoma.[ii]
While there is no stopping myopia, the good news is that there ARE options that may help slow down the speed at which it progresses in children. Soft, daily disposable contact lenses, such as MiSight® 1 day are available for children as young as 6 years old and can be an effective way to slow down the advancement of the condition. Because of this, experts believe that children who use MiSight® 1 day contact lenses are less likely to develop high levels of myopia or develop serious eye problems in the future.[iii]
An astonishing 90% of children say that they actually preferred wearing their MiSight® 1 day contact lenses to their spectacles.[iv] As well as the obvious benefits that disposable contacts can bring to a child’s life – for example, making it easier to participate actively in sports and helping to improve self-esteem – the long-term benefits are also important to consider.
What are the long-term benefits of MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for children?
- MiSight® 1 day daily disposable contact lenses for children with myopia may slow the progression of short-sightedness[iii]
- As your child grows, the slowed decline in myopia means that they are less likely to develop high levels of myopia (-6.00D or more)
- When cases of myopia worsen over time, it can sometimes lead to serious visual problems in adulthood: including retinal detachment, glaucoma or cataracts[v]
While regular glasses are a great way to help children see more clearly, it’s important to understand that they won’t help to slow the speed at which myopia develops. This can mean that over time your child might need increasingly stronger prescriptions, meaning thicker glasses, as they continue to grow up and may become more and more dependent on their glasses.[vi]
If you suspect your child might be showing some signs of short-sightedness, or that they could be at a higher risk of developing the condition, make sure that you get your child booked in for regular eye examinations so that you can know how fast their eyes are changing.
[i] MedicalXpress ‘Too much screen time linked to an epidemic of myopia among young people’ https://medicalxpress.com/news/2019-02-screen-linked-epidemic-myopia-young.html
[ii] All About Vision ‘What is high myopia?’ https://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/myopia-faq/high-myopia.htm
[iii] Chamberlain P, et al. Clinical evaluation of a dual-focus myopia control 1 day soft contact lens - 3-year results BCLA 2017.
[iv] CooperVision UK. MiSight® 1 day. https://coopervision.co.uk/contact-lenses/misight-1-day
[v] All About Vision ‘Why myopia progression is a concern’ https://www.allaboutvision.com/parents/myopia-progression.htm
[vi] Coopervision.com ‘Three Ways to Slow Down Myopia’ https://coopervision.com/blog/three-ways-to-slow-down-myopia