What is Myopia?
Myopia, or nearsightedness, is when the eye grows too long, causing light to not focus properly. This causes your distance vision to be blurry and can make daily tasks, like watching tv or driving, more difficult.
What causes Myopia?
Genetics, increased screen time, environmental factors, and decreased outdoor time all contribute to Myopia.
Why is Myopia control important?
Those who are myopic are at greater risk for developing sight-threatening conditions such as glaucoma, cataracts, and retinal detachments.
How can we slow the progression?
Myopia can be well managed and controlled with multifocal lenses, atropine eye drops, or MiSight® daily contact lenses.
Atropine Drops- Atropine drops are a common way to help control nearsightedness. While keeping the pupil dilated, atropine weakens your eyes' foucsing system, while helping reduce the growth of the eyeball, slowing myopia down. These drops are used daily.
Bifocals-Another way to help slow myopia, is by wearing bifocal lenses. These lenses have limited side effects and are easy to wear due to a demarcation line to help children use one part for distance, and the other for near.
MiSight® Contact Lenses-These contact lenses are FDA approved and made specifically for children ages 8-12. These lenses are great for children who play sports or have an active lifesyle. For more information on MiSight® contact lenses, visit https://misight.com/