MiSight® Myopia Control

Understanding Myopia 

Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common condition in which people can’t see or have difficulty seeing objects in the distance, such as road signs when driving or a screen in a classroom. They can, however, clearly see objects up close, such as books, computer screens, and phones. Symptoms of myopia can include eye strain, headaches, squinting, and feeling fatigued after driving. 

 

What Causes Myopia? 

Myopia occurs when the eyeball is too long or when the cornea or lens is too curved for the shape of the eyeball. Myopia often begins in childhood and can be genetic. Children who have a parent or two parents who are nearsighted or more likely to develop myopia.  

 

When children are diagnosed with myopia, their condition is typically treated by wearing eyeglasses or contact lenses. In some cases, the condition will stabilize by the time the child reaches adulthood, while in other cases, nearsightedness gets progressively worse. This is caused by the eyeball shape growing longer with time.  

 

Has your child been diagnosed with myopia? See the world through their eyes using this myopia simulator: myopia-simulator 

 

Progressive myopia is increasing at an alarming rate worldwide.¹ Those with progressive myopia are at a higher risk for developing eye health problems later in life. These problems can include cataracts, macular degeneration, retinal detachment, and glaucoma. In light of this, it is important to see an optometrist for routine eye exams that screen for these issues.  

 

What is Myopia Control?  

Various forms of myopia control help slow or stop the progression of myopia, preventing nearsightedness from getting worse. One form of myopia control treatment is available through MiSight® contacts, the first and only soft contact lenses that are FDA approved to slow the progression of myopia in children age 8-12 at the start of treatment. Approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) means that the lenses have been tested over a long period and have met all the safety requirements established.  

 

At Accent Vision Care, we are certified providers of MiSight®1 Day contact lenses. This form of myopia management is safe and proven to be effective. Kids ages 8-12 wearing MiSight® 1-day contact lenses experienced an average of 59 percent reduction of myopia progression when used over three years.²

 

Myopia Control in Gonzales   

Interested in learning more about myopia management? Schedule an eye exam for your child at our Gonzales eye care center and let us know you want to learn more about myopia control and MiSight®1 Day for Myopia Control contact lenses. Our optometrists will examine your child’s eyes and present suitable next steps for their needs. 

 

Sources: 

  1. WHO – The Impact of Myopia and High Myopia 
  2. Cooper Vision- Learn About Myopia