Nick Dash, Optometrist says “No longer is it appropriate to just chase short-sightedness in children. We now have proven tools to control and manage childhood short-sightedness (Myopia).”
So what are the options of correcting childhood short-sightedness?
1. MiSight-1day a revolutionary, convenient and comfortable daily disposable lens for children as young as 6 years of age has been released. In clinical trials representing over 10,000 days of lens wear, these lenses have shown significant reduction in Myopia Progression. It seems that nearly a third of children almost stopped progressing (2 year trial data). These studies also show it is safe for children to wear, with no reported infections and the vast majority manage to put them on and take them out themselves, although a very small risk of infection does exist whenever we place something on the eye. Other monthly or 3 monthly lenses exist that are believed to have a similar effect.
2. For other children there is the option of an Ortho-K lens, similar in concept to dental retainers. These comfortable lenses are worn at night to correct the myopia during the day. These Ortho-K lenses can be put in by the parent before sleep and remove in the morning, leaving the child’s vision normal during the daytime.
Both Contact Lenses offer a similar benefit in correcting vision and reducing short-sighted progression.
Short-sightedness is more than just thicker lenses. As the child becomes more short-sighted the eye elongates and the consequence of this is a weakening the back of the eye, increasing the risk of sight threatening conditions from cataracts, glaucoma to macular degeneration or retinal detachments.
To take a myopia risk assessment you can go to one of the myopiacare accredited practice or complete a free online calculator of risk at www.myopiacare.org ahead of the appointment so you can learn of the risk and opportunities of correcting childhood myopia.
Child Myopia Specialists can register at www.myopiacare.com