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If you’re a concerned parent because your child’s eyesight is blurry again just six months after updating their eyeglass prescription, you’re not alone. Childhood myopia is a common problem, and until recently, it was simply corrected with prescription eyeglasses or contact lenses. It’s only in recent years that we have better ways to approach myopia – ones that address the underlying causes and aim to slow the progression of the condition. One of the best new weapons in the fight against myopia is the CooperVision MiSight one-day lens. Mi-Sight is a clinically proven and FDA-approved treatment to slow the progression of myopia in children.
Reasons to Choose MiSight
Some great reasons to consider MiSight for your child include:
- They’re easy to use. MiSight lenses are designed to be worn just once and then discarded, making them an ideal and hygienic choice for children and teenagers. Traditional contact lenses require consistent care, and MiSight lenses remove this burden from kids. Instead, MiSight users need only to learn how to apply the lenses and remove them.
- They can boost self-esteem. A child who is already a little insecure may find it very difficult to start wearing eyeglasses. While some kids will happily find a set of frames that they like and enjoy wearing them, others may be anxious about teasing from their peers. MiSight gives children clear vision without having to worry about changes to their appearance.
- Myopia can lead to future problems. Typically, myopia worsens throughout childhood and stabilizes later, in the adult years. However, a person with severe nearsightedness is at a higher risk for several more serious eye conditions, such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachment, and even complete vision loss. That’s why it’s so important to slow the progression of myopia in children. MiSight lenses are designed to slow down the progression of myopia in children.
- They can help increase future independence. If you’ve ever watched someone’s eyesight get worse and worse as they age, then you know how debilitating it can be to struggle with your vision. Even low levels of nearsightedness mean that the person will need corrective lenses for certain activities, such as driving or watching TV. You want to do everything you can to minimize your child’s future vision problems, and MiSight is an excellent solution.
Who is a Good Candidate for MiSight Lenses?
Patients who currently wear contact lenses will find MiSight easier to adjust to, but even very young children can learn to apply and remove these lenses. Also, patients who tried orthokeratology (Ortho-K) without success are excellent candidates for MiSight. It takes less time to adapt to these soft lenses, and parents may rest a little easier, knowing that their child has backup lenses in case they lose or tear one. Most children with myopia ages eight to 12 are good candidates for this treatment.
If you think your child might be a good candidate for MiSight, contact us to discuss your options. At Miami Contact Lens Institute, MiSight is an integral part of our Myopia Management Clinic. We take an active approach when it comes to not just correcting our young patients’ vision issues but also slowing their progression and working to prevent future complications. We also offer a range of other proven treatments for childhood myopia, including orthokeratology and low-dose atropine treatments.
We can no longer consider myopia a benign refractive error manageable only through the use of traditional eyeglasses and contact lenses. Considering the growing prevalence of this condition and the heightened risk of complications associated with more severe myopia, it’s important to monitor children’s eyes and manage vision problems carefully. MiSight empowers eye doctors and parents alike to not only treat but also prevent myopia and to take on long-term myopia management with a scientifically proven approach that’s up to the challenge.