April 12, 2023
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is a common eye condition that has continued to grow in prevalence in the last few years. It impacts millions of people worldwide and usually develops in childhood. The condition tends to run in families, and those with myopic parents have a high risk of developing the condition. There are various ways to correct myopia, including the use of lenses.
A refractive error occurs when the eye fails to bend light properly. The refraction error affects how images are perceived. When an individual has myopia, far images appear unclear.
The eyeball is longer than usual, causing light from objects to focus in front of—not on—the retina. It causes images to appear blurry. Eyeglasses and contact lenses can help correct the refractive error, allowing the individual to see clearly.
Studies suggest that over 40 percent of children between the ages of five to 18 have myopia. The rise in myopia is attributed to the prolonged use of digital devices and much time indoors.
The habits cause a child’s eye to lengthen or grow longer than usual, causing progressive myopia. Children are often diagnosed with myopia between the ages of eight to 12. The condition worsens until the 20s when the eyes stop growing.
MiSight 1 day lenses look like regular soft contact lenses. They are special disposable lenses worn to stop the progression of myopia. The daily use lenses are prescribed for children between eight to 12 years.
They are designed to be worn directly over the eye all day and discarded at the end of the day. The dual-focus lens is designed to correct refractive errors, improving distance vision. The contact’s peripheral section is intended to direct light to the front of the retina, inhibiting the eye growth stimulus.
MiSight 1 day lenses are not recommended for all children with myopia. They are prescribed for patients with a refraction rate of 0.75 to 4.00. The lenses can help reduce the risk of children developing other eye conditions.
Those who develop myopia during childhood have a higher risk of developing severe eye conditions in adulthood. Myopia can increase the risk of developing glaucoma, retinal detachment, cataracts, and myopic degeneration.
The lenses should be worn daily for as long as nearsightedness is considered a risk. However, missing one day will not adversely impact long-term results. Children need to learn how to insert and remove the lenses properly. Most kids need adult supervision to ensure they get it right. Children need to be mature to follow instructions on how to care for the lenses and how long to wear them. Proper lens hygiene is vital for preventing infection and side effects.
Myopia occurs due to excessive eyeball elongation. Studies show that children with myopia can benefit from MiSight 1 day lenses. They help slow changes in axial length and refraction. It is essential to realize that some children experience better results than others.
For more on how MiSight 1 day can help correct nearsightedness in children, visit the Eye Associates of New York at our office in New York, New York. Call (212) 650-4888 to book an appointment today.