To understand how myopia control can benefit a child let’s start with an explanation of what myopia is. Myopia is the technical term for short sightedness. A condition with the eyes ability to focus on objects in the distance is impaired. Myopia is increasing worldwide at a rate that can’t be explained by genetics alone. In 2010 28% of the global population was myopic. By 2040 this is predicted to reach 60%.

For most short-sighted people the main problem is inconvenience. Being reliant on glasses or contact lenses can limit activities and be frustrating. However, highly myopic eyes are at a greater risk of developing some serious eye conditions.

You are more likely to develop short-sightedness if your parents are short-sighted. If one parent is short-sighted their child is 3x more likely to become myopic. If both parents are myopic then their child is 7x more likely.

Myopia Prevention

Research has shown that more time spent outdoors as a child helps prevent myopia. The exact reasons why this is the case is not yet fully known research continues in this area to properly understand the protective mechanisms outside life provides whether it be sunlight, UV exposure, vitamin D levels or more limited exposure to screen technology. It doesn’t matter if the time outdoors is spent sitting around or playing sports, it’s just that time outside seems to be a positive in slowing myopic change.

What can we do to help?

At Aristone Optical we have teamed up with CooperVision to be one of the first eye care practitioners to offer MiSight 1 Day lenses. MiSight contact lenses are daily disposable lenses for myopic children which in clinical trials have been proven to slow the progression of myopia. Over a three-year clinical study of children aged 8-15 90% of children said they preferred wearing MiSight lenses over wearing their glasses. Further to that 100% of parents said their children were happy with the experience of wearing contact lenses and noticed significant improvements in their child’s ability to engage in social environments.