These lenses are revolutionary in controlling the progression of myopia in children. But before you arrange a fitting for your child you must be aware of all of the factors that contribute to your child’s myopia and visual system. And more importantly, does your Optometrist know ALL the facts?
Myopia is a complicated condition that has the potential to have a life-long impact on a child’s life. From difficulties when reading the board at school, low confidence growing up to a high risk of sight threatening diseases of the eye as an adult.
Without a doubt, there is importance and urgency in slowing the progression of myopia as soon as possible. But to able to control myopia you have to understand all of the factors. Many optometrists and contact lens fitters may be fitting children with these lenses indiscriminately without adequately assessing all of the relevant elements, or being fully aware of these factors.
As Children’s Contact Lens Practice of the Year we wanted to provide parents with the information they need when embarking on a programme of myopia control for their kids, especially when using MiSight lenses.
Accommodation and Binocular vision disorders are frequently overlooked by practitioners, yet they are major factors in myopia. It’s essential that all children with myopia have a thorough assessment of these visual skills. A significant proportion of the children we are treating for myopia control have difficulties with focusing or binocular vision.
All myopia control programmes must carefully and thoroughly assess the following: The stamina and flexibility of the eyes muscles to focus when reading. A child’s ability to keep the eyes working together and maintaining alignment of the eyes. Understanding and assessment of the interaction between the focusing and binocular vision mechanism is crucial because they are designed to work together. In our experience, a significant proportion of children with myopia have a corresponding difficulty with visual skills.
The other important element we assess is the length of the eyeball (axial length) so we can monitor the change directly and also the effect of our myopia control interventions. Just checking the prescription is inadequate because the length of the eyeball tells us the risk factors that could result in health problems to the eyes in future, including the risk of blindness. It is essential that eyeball length is measured.
Even MORE important. If your child has a difficulty, what therapy options are available to improve visual skills. Ask about the treatment plan. Ensure your optometrist gives you a clear course of action related any findings and reviews deficiencies regularly.
There are several options for myopia control, including OrthoK, NaturalVue lenses, Bloom, Seed EDOF, Relax lenses and the MyLo lens. Some practitioners, especially those working in large chains only have access to a limited range of options. They are unlikely to have the same experience in myopia management. We've been fitting MiSight for over 4 years and also providing vision therapy for myopia control for over 6 years.
Our Myopia Control Programme incorporates an on-going vision therapy plan in conjunction with the MiSight lenses to provide a complete and comprehensive care plan that’s specific to the needs of your child.
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