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Identifying and managing myopia and short-sightedness


Myopia, also known as short-sightedness, is a condition that makes distance vision blurry. Let’s take a look at how to identify and manage myopia and shortsightedness with MiSight.


What is myopia?

For a more scientific explanation, the shape and length of a myopia patient’s eye causes light rays to refract inaccurately on the eye’s retina, meaning images focus in front of the retina, causing the images to appear blurry.

Commonly, in myopic eyes,  the length of the eye is longer than it should be, meaning images of objects in the distance are focused in front of rather than on the retina,  which is the light-capturing layer of the eye.


What causes myopia?

As we’ve mentioned in a previous blog, myopia usually develops in childhood but it can also affect adults, and the chance of it developing increases if you have family members with a refractive error. Sometimes environmental factors may also play a role. If you or your child is often found squinting, suffer from headaches or struggle to make out distant objects, an eye test is an easy way to identify if myopia is the cause.

Treating myopia

Medical science has made significant inroads in eye care, inventing ways to identify and manage myopia and short-sightedness effectively. One of its tried and tested solutions that assists and, in many cases, improves eye health and eye conditions is MiSight contact lenses.

Often, children lead hectic lives. Between teddy bear picnics and wheeling bicycles, keeping glasses abreast of the nose bridge can sometimes be a hassle for busy little humans. This predicament is where the rubber of science innovation meets the road.

MiSight® to the rescue

MiSight has developed soft contact lenses that not only correct short-sightedness but have proven to help slow down the progression of the condition in children by 59%*. The MiSight contact lenses are one-day contact lenses that are easy to insert and remove, and their soft plastic material means they feel comfy all day.

How do MiSight contact lenses work?

MiSight 1 day contact lenses are a groundbreaking, world-first daily disposable soft lens, proven to slow the progression of myopia in children and teenagers. The lenses use ActivControl® Technology, which combines distance correction zones with peripheral treatment zones that create a myopic retinal defocus. These lenses are incredibly soft, making them perfect for little eyes and allowing children the freedom to carry on with their busy lives.

Make an appointment and chat with our experts about MiSight during your next visit with us.

*Chamberlain P, et al. A 3-year randomized clinical trial of MiSight® lenses for myopia control. Optom Vis Sci. 2019;96(8):556–567. Sponsored by CooperVision Inc.

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