Myopia Control

Myopia, or short-sightedness, is a common eye condition that causes objects in the distance to appear burred, while close objects can be seen clearly. It is caused by the eyeball being slightly longer, or the cornea too curved. This means that when light enters to eye, it doesn’t focus at the back of the eye on the retina as it should, but rather focuses in front of the retina.

Currently approximately 1.5 billion people worldwide are shortsighted, with a growing prevalence of myopia in children. It is estimated that by the year 2050 half the global population will be myopic.

Myopia usually starts to develop in childhood, and can progress gradually or rapidly. The most common symptoms of myopia are squinting, eye strain, headaches and fatigue.  It often runs in families, and has been linked to focusing on near objects, e.g. books, writing, use of hand held devices, for long periods of time during childhood.  Research has shown that spending time playing outside as a child may reduce your chances of becoming short-sighted, and existing short-sightedness may progress less quickly. This may be related to light levels outdoors being much brighter than indoors. It is also recommended to take regular breaks form excessive close work.

Why is Myopia control important?

There is an increased risk of certain eye conditions such as glaucoma, retinal detachments and myopic maculopathy associated with myopia. The higher the level of myopia the higher the risk of developing these conditions.  The younger myopia develops, the more likely it is that the individual will reach a higher level of myopia in adult life.

The aim of myopia control is to reduce the progression of myopia, which can occur more rapidly from late childhood into the teenage years. Any reduction in the potential prescription can reduce the risk of eye conditions in the future.

How can we control Myopia?

Coopervision MiSight® 1 day contact lenses

The CooperVision MiSight® 1 day contact lens for Myopia is the first daily disposable contact lens that has been proven to slow the progression of myopia (short-sightedness) in children.

Extensive studies have taken place involving myopic children aged eight to 12-years-old, over a three-year period. The MiSight trials found there was a 59% reduction in myopic development in those who used the contact lenses. MiSight 1 day is designed for children who have a myopic prescription from -0.25D to -6.00D.

The advantage of MiSight is that they are daily disposable contact lenses which means no cleaning or storage is required, which is particularly good for those who are new to contact lenses. They are soft and comfortable to wear and children adapt very quickly to them.

Please speak to a member of the team to find out more.