Myopia (nearsightedness) has reached pandemic proportions, with nearly a third of the world’s population being myopic.
Myopia occurs when the shape of the eye causes light rays entering the eye to bend incorrectly. This leads to blurred vision when viewing objects that are far away. Most myopic children are diagnosed between ages 3 to 12, according to the American Optometric Association.
Once a child becomes myopic, the condition generally worsens as they get older. While glasses and contact lenses can provide clear distance vision, they don’t cure myopia. They only relieve the symptoms.
Why Is Myopia Problematic?
Myopia can have a very negative impact on your child's learning, sport and overall school performance. Additionally, having myopia as a child can significantly raise the risk of developing serious ocular complications such as glaucoma, cataracts and retinal detachment in adulthood.
Is your child at risk?
Some factors that increase a child’s risk of becoming myopic include:
- Being of Asian background
- Family history (one or both parents are myopic)
- Less than 2 hours per day playing outdoors
- Excessive time spent indoors reading, looking at a screen, or doing other close-work
How To Reduce The Risk of Myopia
To reduce the risk of your child developing myopia, increase their outdoor playtime and reduce their amount of near work.
It is important to have your child’s eyes tested by an optometrist before they start school. The optometrist will be able to give a reliable indication of their future risk of developing myopia.
If your child is already found to be myopic, their optometrist will be able to discuss all the myopia management options available.
Myopia Management Options
Myopia management can help stabilise your child's vision and improve their school performance. A program of myopia management can include these options:
- Atropine eye drops
- Orthokeratology ("ortho-k")
- Multifocal contact lenses (MiSight)
Your child’s optometrist will decide which option is best for your child based on many factors, including your child’s age, degree of myopia, how their eyes work together and their level of maturity.
CooperVision® MiSight® 1 day Contact Lenses
The cornerstone of a comprehensive myopia management approach, MiSight® 1 day is a daily wear, single-use contact lens that has been clinically proven and FDA-approved to slow the progression of myopia (nearsightedness) when initially prescribed for children 8-12 years old.
AT A GLANCE
- Suitable for children as young as 8
- Easy for children to wear and handle
- Corrects your child’s distance vision
- Helps slow the progression of myopia (gradual prescription changes)
If your child is myopic or you are concerned they might become myopic, contact Southern Optical to schedule an appointment. We can help diagnose and manage your child’s myopia so that they can enjoy clear vision while slowing or preventing this condition from worsening.
- A: The lens design has two parts. The central part corrects your vision, allowing you to see clearly. The peripheral part of the lens has a lower power, allowing light from the side of vision to focus in front of the retina. This effect has been shown to slow down or even stop the worsening of the child’s myopia.
- A: MiSight lenses are daily disposable soft contact lenses that are worn during the day, and then removed and thrown away at night. Ortho-k are hard contact lenses worn during sleep and removed in the morning.