MiSight for Myopia Control
Myopia is increasingly becoming a public health concern, affecting around 35% of adults in the United States. It is a refractive condition where the light is focused in front of the retina because the eye is “too long” hence “long vision” is blurry, in short, the patient is nearsighted.
A study conducted by the journal of ophthalmology predicts that by 2050 4.8 billion people worldwide will have myopia of which 938 million will have high myopia (defined as a prescription starting at -5.00 D). The majority of cases are in the United States and Asia.
The higher the prescription the thinner the retina becomes which greatly increases the chances of developing macular degeneration, macular hole, retinal detachment, damage to the optic nerve aka glaucoma, and cataracts (PSC) because of a compromised retina. This is precisely why we need to control it and commence treatment options at an early age.
Multifocal contact lenses have shown great promise in slowing the progression of myopia in children because it addresses the axial length of the eye. Addressing axial elongation helps reduce the risk of myopia-related ocular issues as previously mentioned.
One type of multifocal contact lens – MiSight – was studied over three years on children with myopia aged 8 to 12. Two groups of children were randomly selected to participate in this study. One group wore normal contact lenses, and the other group wore MiSight soft multifocal contact lenses. After 36 months, the soft multifocal contact lenses proved that they significantly reduce the progression of myopia.
This figure demonstrates that MiSight contact lenses slow the progression of myopia over a three-year period. The progression in the cycloplegic spherical is less by 69% after one year and 59% after two and three years with the MiSight contact lenses.
90% of children in the study reported that the lenses were easy to put on the eyes. 97% of them also say they liked wearing their contact lenses compared to only 57% saying they like wearing their eyeglasses.
Recommendation on MiSight
The findings of the 3-year clinical study prove that myopia is significantly slowed by MiSight contact lenses. This is because MiSight lenses target axial elongation. During this 3-year study, no serious eye issues happened to the children. This proves the safety of soft contact lenses for children.
MiSight contact lenses help children with this condition see better and live a better life. By slowing the progression of myopia early in life, soft contact lenses can help reduce the risk of life-threatening eye conditions. It