Since our last update on myopia control, I am happy to say that over a dozen of our patients have been successfully enrolled on the MOSAIC study, run by the Centre for Eye Research Ireland at DIT in Dublin.
These kids are using Atropine 0.01%, or control eye drops nightly. As the study is a randomised control trial, neither us, nor the participants are aware of which drug they are on. Those on the control drops will be switched after two years onto the Atropine.
MOSAIC aims to prove that Atropine 0.01% can slow or check the progression of myopia (short sightedness) in kids. This will reduce their risk of developing myopia related complications such as retinal tears, sub capsular cataracts and myopic maculopathy in later life.
The recruitment window for MOSAIC will close in the coming weeks. However, DIT are in the process of recruiting short sighted kids between the ages of 7 and 11 to take part in a second study. The MIST study is looking at the benefits of using MiSight® soft multifocal contact lenses for children to slow myopia progression.
In this study, kids will be asked to wear these daily contact lenses for a minimum of 10 hours a day, 6 days a week, for 3 years, and their progress monitored over that time. The participants will be given the contact lenses for free for that period.
If you have a child aged 7 – 11 that you think is eligible and would be interested in participating in this free contact lens trial, please contact the practice as soon as possible, as there are a very limited number of places available.
Don’t worry if you aren’t within the age range or miss the recruitment window – the same myopia control contact lenses are also available from Argus Opticians, Donegal Town and Bundoran, and there is no age restriction on fitting.