As well as being one of the top 15 practices in Europe supplying this revolutionary contact lens. We are one of the only practices in the world to combine this technology with vision therapy to provide a complete Myopia Control Programme. Our results speak for themselves>>
A revolutionary new daily use soft contact lens that can safely save the sight of hundreds of millions of children worldwide. 1
MiSight contact lenses by Coopervision are the first ever contact lenses that are approved and licensed for use for myopia control in children. The lens work by using a special optical focus that safely and non-invasively inhibits the process that causes short-sight to get worse.
These lenses have revolutionised the care and treatment of children who develop myopia. It provides an easy, safe way to reduce the rate and progression of myopia, which in turn reduces the risk of devastating diseases of the eye.
The number of people with myopia is reaching worrying levels. The rate of people who are myopic has doubled over the past decade and is still rising. In the UK, about 20% of children are short-sighted. In countries like South Korea, over 90% of 18 year olds are myopic 2. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is so concerned that they’ve announced that it has reached epidemic proportions. Along with many governments, the WHO is investing lots of time and money into finding ways to halt this tide of impending visual disability. 3
Myopia (also known as short-sight or near sight), is a condition where the eyes develop to have a focus for near objects or short distances. This means that objects or detail in the distance will become blurry. Children will struggle to see the board at school unless they wear glasses or contact lenses. Our eyes respond to blurred vision in an effort to make the vision clearer, but as a result of this attempt, the eyes grow larger and become more short-sighted.
At first, the main risks of short sight are difficulties in learning and education. How can children learn if they can’t see the board? There are problems with confidence and quality of life in children and teenagers who wear glasses. Kids are often embarrassed and hindered in social settings and when playing sports or activities. 4
The long-term effects of myopia are much more serious and devastating. The additional growth of the eyeball means that myopes are at a significantly higher risk of glaucoma, retinal detachment and macula degeneration. These have the potential to make someone blind. Myopia related conditions are now the leading cause of new cases blindness in many countries. 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
There are four main causes:
Myopia causes the vision to be out of focus. The eyes detect that the light entering is out of focus as it falls on the retina. In children, this sends signals for the eyes to react and grow bigger to compensate for the focus. But the result of this is an INCREASE in myopia thus making it a vicious circle for some children. MiSight lenses have a zone of focus that is different to normal lenses for short-sightedness, resulting in the light reaching the retina to has a different focus (called defocus). 21, 22
This defocus inhibits the signals the stimulate eyeball growth thereby suppressing the increase of myopia safely, without applying mechanical force to the eyes. (See the dangers of Orthokeratology/Ortho-K)
After offering our myopia control programme combined with MiSight lenses for 1 year. 80% of children wearing lenses regularly had NO CHANGE in their prescription, 7% had a change of less than -0.25DS and 13% had a change between -0.50 and -1.00DS (this is still less than not wearing the lenses.)
These lenses have been in development for over 12 years. The first major study was published at the beginning of 2017 and had spanned over 3 years. The researchers showed that the lenses slowed myopia progression by 59% compared to wearing traditional soft lenses. There are more studies being conducted worldwide as more children embark on myopia control programmes. 1
We routinely fit children from the age of 6 years of age. If the child is short-sighted at a younger age it would be in their best interest of the child to begin a myopia control programme.
They are extremely safe for children to wear. A study published in 2017 by Mark Bullimore found that the rate of serious infection with contact lens wear was lower in children aged 8 to 12 than adults. 25
Not yet, there are some alternative contact lenses that have myopia control properties and correct astigmatism. These are available on a daily wear monthly disposable format. Rest assured that Central Vision Opticians will have exclusive access to any new contact lenses available that control myopia.
No. But they are safer to wear than the alternative options, such as orthokeratology (OrthoK). Read more here:
No, it is essential to find a practitioner who is experienced in fitting children with contact lenses and also understand myopia. The optometrist must also be able to assess the other factors in myopia progression, such as binocular vision or focusing difficulties Read more here: Our award-winning myopia control consultant, Bhavin Shah, is renowned world-wide for his experience with myopia. Our results are astonishing, over the last year, 80% of children on our myopia control programme had no change in their myopia.
Its more important to remember the cost of not controlling myopia. Blurred vision has a huge impact on a child’s education and ability to learn. High myopia increases the risk of blindness in adults, by upto 40 times in about 1 in 5 people with myopia. To find out more about the cost click here>>
Myopia control contact lenses help to slow down the rate of change. 80% of kids only showed no increase during the first year.
Myopia increases the risk of several diseases of the eyes including glaucoma and retinal detachment. By controlling myopia, this risk will be reduced.
These contact lenses are easy to use. Daily replacement means that the risk of infection is extremely low.
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