June 17, 2021
Myopia, also known as nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that affects more than 40 percent of Americans and tends to run in families. Therefore, if you have myopia, it is likely that your offspring may develop it as well.
Nearsightedness is a refractive error rather than a disease of the eye. It can lead to serious complications, such as cataracts, glaucoma, retinal detachment, and myopic retinopathy. Myopia develops when the cornea has an unusual shape, or the eyeball grows too long. This prevents light rays from focusing directly on the surface of the retina, which makes distant objects or scenes appear blurry.
According to a study published in 2018 in the Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology, nearly 42 percent of people between the ages of 5 and 19 in America are myopic. This rise may be due to lifestyle habits, such as spending too much time indoors in front of various digital screens.
Eye doctors usually diagnose nearsightedness in kids between the ages of 8 and 12 years. During the teenage years, this condition often worsens and continues to do so until the early 20s. Once you reach this age, it usually does not worsen until you are in your 40s.
These are lenses or eyeglasses with a single prescription across the whole lens. They can restore distant vision; however, they cannot stop or slow down the progression of nearsightedness. This is unfortunate since the condition can lead to more serious eye complications.
Another drawback to single-vision lenses is that you must replace them frequently. Most kids with myopia swap their lenses for more powerful ones until they hit their early 20s. This is when this condition usually stops progressing.
Alternatives to single-vision lenses aim to prevent your child’s eye from growing too long as they age. One of the most promising options available today is MiSight contact lenses. This type of lens could potentially go a long way towards protecting children’s vision for life.
In 2019, the FDA announced the approval of MiSight lenses for kids between the ages of 8 and 12. Made by CooperVision, these contact lenses are the first line of treatment for kids with myopia. MiSight contact lenses help to slow down the condition’s progression in children with refractory problems. If you choose to purchase these lenses for your child, remember to discard them at the end of the day. They are not for overnight use.
MiSight lenses feature an innovative design and are placed directly on the eye. One part of the lens helps to improve distance vision and correct the refractive error in nearsighted kids. The lens also helps focus the light rays in front of the retina, thereby reducing stimulus that lends itself to the worsening of myopia.
To learn more about how MiSight contact lenses work, visit Family Vision Care Associates at our office in White Plains, New York. You can also call 914-359-3300 to book an appointment today.