What Causes Myopia?
Myopia occurs due to the eye becoming longer as the child grows. Myopia is becoming more common in children. There are two known factors that that can increase the risk of developing myopia and its progression.
Genetics: Myopia tends to run in families. If one parent is near-sighted, there is a chance the child will be as well. If both parents are near-sighted, the risk for children developing myopia increases significantly.
Lifestyle: spending too much time indoors on activities like reading or using handheld devices instead of spending time outdoors can increase the likelihood of developing myopia
What are Symptoms of Myopia?
The most common symptom of myopia is seeing objects in the distance as blurry. Other symptoms include:
- Needing to squint to see objects in the distance
- Needing to sit closer to the TV or board in a classroom
- Being unaware of objects in the distance
- Excessive blinking
- Needing to rub your eyes frequently to see objects in the distance more clearly
Treatment Options for Myopia
MiSight 1 Day Soft Contact Lenses
MiSight 1 Day contact lenses are the first and only soft contact lens FDA-approved to slow the progression of myopia in children, aged 8-12 at the initiation of treatment1. After three years, the study concluded the lens effectively slowed myopia progresion by an average of 59% and slowed the rate at which the eye lengthens by an average of 52% compared to children in the control group2.
Paragon CRT® are specially-designed contact lenses that are worn overnight to correct vision. When the contact lenses are removed in the morning, children can see clearly without the use of glasses or daytime contacts3. Paragon CRT® is FDA approved for overnight wear and is safe for all ages4.
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References: 1. Compared to a single vision 1 day lens over a 3 year period. Chamberlain P, et al. A 3-year randomized clinical trial of MiSight® lenses for myopia control. Optom Vis Sci. 2019; 96(8): 556-567. 2. Compared to a single vision 1 day lens. Chamberlain P, et al. A 3-year randomized clinical trial of MiSight® lenses for myopia control. Optom Vis Sci. 2019; 96(8): 556-567. 3. CRT Clinical Study: Takes 7 to 14 days to reach full correction and maintain good vision throughout waking hours. 4. Labeling Approved by FDA.