The prevalence of myopia is projected to increase from approximately two billion people worldwide in 2010 to almost five billion people in 20501, bringing with it near- and long-term health challenges.
“Myopia’s growth has been dizzying, and now affects the vast majority of young adults in some countries, especially in East Asia,” said Arthur Back, Chief Technology Officer for CooperVision and a leading voice on myopia management. “Not only does it create blurred vision, but also increases the likelihood of conditions later in life such as glaucoma, cataract, retinal detachment and myopic maculopathy if not addressed.”
Three-year clinical study summary:
- CooperVision first reported results from a three-year Clinical Evaluation of a Dual-Focus Myopia Control 1-Day Soft Contact Lens Study, at the biannual British Contact Lens Association clinical conference in Liverpool, England on 10th June 2017.
- MiSight® 1 day is a daily disposable soft contact lens that substantially slows myopia progression and eye elongation as measured by refractive error and axial length at the three-year mark2.
- Data illustrates high satisfaction and acceptance of contact lens wear from children and their parents, rapidly overcoming initial parental apprehension2.
Three-year findings indicated that use of MiSight® 1 day, — which has alternating visual correction and treatment zones — was effective in slowing myopia progression: 59%2 as measured by mean cycloplegic spherical equivalent and 52%2 as measured by mean axial elongation of the eye when compared to the children in the control group wearing Proclear® 1 day contact lenses.
Ensuring that children wear and are happy with the lens is of critical importance to the therapy’s effectiveness. The three-year results indicated that MiSight® 1 day was well accepted by children, and did not affect their daily activities such as school work, reading, playing outside, and computer use when compared to the control group2. Children in both the test and control groups had a higher satisfaction with contact lenses over spectacles2.
Parents of study participants also had a very positive response, noting their children could mostly manage their lens wear independently. Prior to dispensing contact lenses, less than half of the parents were extremely at ease with their child wearing contact lenses, but this increased significantly to 79% after just one month and remained high through the three-year mark21. After their children had worn MiSight® 1 day contact lenses for three years, almost 9 out of 10 parents rated their children 'extremely happy' with the overall experience of wearing contact lenses2.
In conclusion, Arthur Back suggests that, “early intervention by parents, in partnership with eye care professionals, is essential for the near- and long-term health and well-being of their children. The CooperVision MiSight® dual-focus 1-day lens used in this study provides a new, effective and repeatable approach.”
- Holden et al, Ophthalmology 2016
- Chamberlain P, Back A, Lazon P, et al. Three-year effectiveness of a dual-focus 1 day soft contact lens for myopia control. Presented at the 40th British Contact Lens Association Clinical Conference and Exhibition; 10 June 2017; Liverpool, United Kingdom.