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Myopia Control For Children

Asian Girl Reading BookMyopia Control Starts with an Eye Exam

Regular comprehensive eye exams for your child at all stages of their development is extremely important to ensure a child's vision will develop as it should and to diagnose any eye conditions that may be affecting your child. There are many eye conditions, such as strabismus and amblyopia that can be corrected easily if caught early but can do irreversible damage that will affect a child into adulthood if left undiagnosed and untreated for too long. However, one of the leading causes of ocular disease in adults that continues to progress is myopia or nearsightedness.

Myopia Control May Include:

  • Orthokeratology (“ortho-k”) or Corneal Refractive Therapy
  • Atropine Drops
  • Multifocal contact lenses
  • Specially designed eyeglasses
  • MiSight Single Use contact lenses

Blue Eyes Shy GirlSlow or Stop Myopia Control

While nearsightedness or myopia for many has been corrected through glasses or contact lenses, a modern concept has developed called Myopia Control. Myopia Control is oriented to slow down or stop the progression of myopia since over the past few decades myopia has increased at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, the percentage of moderate to high myopia has grown in number and Myopia Control is becoming a major consideration for parents & their child’s eye health.

Levels of Myopia:
  • Mild myopia: -0.25 to -3.00 D
  • Moderate myopia: Between -3.00 to -6.00 D
  • High myopia: More than -6.00 D

Myopia Control Prevents Risk of Ocular Disease

  • Cataracts:
    The rate of progression of myopia has been linked to the development of cataracts. The higher the level of myopia in a child, the faster the rate cataracts can develop when they get older.
  • Glaucoma:
    Glaucoma is when the eye develops an unusually high pressure, where this pressure can damage the optic nerve and cause vision loss. Studies have shown that nearsighted people have a 2-3x greater risk at Glaucoma.
  • Detached Retina:
    Levels of myopia also have a correlation to detached retinas. A detached retina is when the retina pulls away from the eyes tissue, often resulting in permanent vision loss.

Myopia Control Starts with You - The Parentboy with learning problems

Your child’s eyes are his/her gateway into the world of learning. When your child’s vision is not functioning properly, learning and participation in recreational activities will suffer. Children are not likely to recognize vision problems like myopia, and it is, therefore, the responsibility of parents and teachers to recognize signs of visual problems in their children.

Children's Eyesight May Change Less Often With Myopia Control

Because changes in your child’s vision can occur without you or your child noticing them, your child should visit the eye doctor every year or more frequently if specific problems or risk factors exist. Myopia Control attempts to reduce the number of changes that may occur in your child’s vision. With a successful Myopia Control program, an eye doctor can provide your child with amazing vision, track your child’s rate of myopia, and provide a clear road to healthy eyesight and a successful future.  As mentioned above, the most compelling reason for trying Myopia Control for your child is that it has been linked with reduced incidences of eye disease later in life, particularly due to cataracts, glaucoma and a detached retina.

MiSight 1 day Contact Lenses

MiSight 1 day contact lenses have been specifically designed to slow the progression by which nearsightedness or myopia develops.  What is amazing is that they look and feel like ordinary one-day soft contact lenses, but they have a very different optical design called ActivControl Technology. To that end, clinical studies have shown that MiSight 1 day contact lenses slow the speed at which myopia progresses by more than half as compared with ordinary vision correction.  This means that your children may be less reliant on glasses, but most importantly, the risk of future eye health problems is reduced.
Dr. MacInnis, Dr. Prendergast, and Dr. Chiasson all strongly recommend MiSight 1 day contact lenses in increasing numbers when treating patients with myopic symptoms.  We invite you to ask us why MiSight 1 day contact lenses have become our treatment of choice for Myopia Control!