The world’s understanding of myopia is rapidly developing...
The world’s understanding of myopia is rapidly developing, and the necessary technology alongside it.
It remains to be seen, but myopia cannot be merely explained by genetics alone.
Here are a few important details we now know about myopia.
Myopia actually means that the eye is longer than it should be.
Myopia was once recognized as thick glasses and high prescriptions.
A longer eye is concerning as it often gets worse in growing children and there are significant eye health and quality of life implications with every step of worsening myopia.
Breaks are important.
It is recommended that your child take breaks from reading and screen time and not have the screen too close. 5-10 minute breaks are recommended for every hour of near work.
WHY? There are growth signals in the eye that get activated when doing near work, reading, using a computer or iPad for a long time. These growth signals can promote myopia and nearsightedness progression.
Children need to be seeing as clearly as possible.
This means that they should be seeing their optometrist at a young age and more often.
WHY? So much of the eye growth occurs during the early years, and optometrists can make sure the visual development is on-track.
When? Children should have their first eye exam between 6-12 months and then again at 3 years, before kindergarten, and annually there-after. Manitoba Health covers children’s eye exams annually.
It's important to act Now!
It is now known that a child’s visual development can get back on track with interventions.
When children are myopic or at risk for developing myopia, act as soon as you can.
Myopia control treatments are designed to help reduce the rate of the progression and
treatments can be customized to fit into your child’s lifestyle and within your budget.
One of the newest and most thoroughly studied treatment option is now available, and it's a soft contact lens!
Yes, kids can safely wear contact lenses!
MiSight® 1 day soft contact lenses are specifically designed for myopia control and are FDA approved* to slow the progression of myopia in children aged 8-12 at initiation of treatment.
How does a contact lens help? Its dual focus optical design allows your child to see clearly and signals the eye to slow down in its growth.1Many age-appropriate children are capable of taking care of their lenses, safely applying and removing them. Daily disposable contact lenses, like MiSight® 1 day, are the most hygienic contact lens option and are considered safe for age-appropriate children under the guidance of an eye care professional.
Our Opticians are trained and certified in Myopia Management solutions that include Myopia Control Soft Contact Lenses , Orthokeratology Contact Lenses, and Myopia Control Eye Glasses designed by Zeiss and Hoya.
More information about the MiSight Studies can be found here>>MiSight.com