MiSight Contact Lenses for Shortsightedness (Myopia)
MiSight Contact lenses are the first Daily Disposable Contact Lenses designed specifically to slow down the progression of myopia (shorsightedness) in children.
Myopia can occur in children and teenagers as the eyeball lengthens during growth. There is a higher risk of becoming myopic if one or both parents are myopic, although genetics does not appear to be the only factor.
Currently there is no cure for myopia but recently there have been advances in ways to slow the progression of myopia, particularly by wearing soft multi-focal contact lenses.
The MiSight Contact Lens is the only daily disposable lens designed to bend light traveling into the eyes at different angles, resulting in light landing on the peripheral retina in a way that doesn’t encourage lengthening of the eyeball. The lenses are soft and comfortable and easy to use as they are disposed of at the end of the day. This means the child is able to look after their lenses by themselves with minimal risk of infection.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Myopia?
Myopia is short-sightedness. As children get older their eyes continue to grow Myopia increases as does their dependency of glasses
How do Mi-Sight Lenses work?
In a normal shaped eye, light focuses directly on the retina at the back of the eye, when a child has myopia their eyes are growing too long and light focuses in front of the retina which blurs their vision. MiSight lenses bend light traveling into the eyes at different angles, resulting in light landing on the peripheral retina in a way that doesn’t encourage lengthening of the eyeball.
Can children of any age have them?
MiSight lenses are suitable for children as young as 8 years old.
Are the lenses ‘child-friendly’?
Yes! They are one day disposable lenses so there is no cleaning and storage to worry about, making them perfect for children. Over a 3 year period of studying MiSight 1 day lenses in children 8-15 years, 90% of children said they preferred them to wearing glasses, 90% of children could insert and remove the lenses on their own and 100% of parents said their children were happy with the experience of wearing them!
Can they cure Myopia?
There is no cure for Myopia but wearing MiSight 1 day contact lenses is shown to reduce myopia progression in children by 59% on average, reducing their reliance on vision correction.
Do they work for all prescriptions?
At present the contact lenses can only correct prescriptions up to -6.00.
Can MiSight Lenses be worn all the time?
MiSight 1 day lenses can be worn all day and are ideal for sports, playing outdoors, homework and watching tv. As with all contact lenses, they can’t be worn for swimming or in the shower.
If you have any further questions about MiSight 1 day contact lenses or are interested in trialling these lenses, please speak to one of our Optometrists.
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