At Argus Opticians we have recently introduced our new myopia control contact lenses to the practice. Misight contact lenses are the only licensed soft contact lenses that have been shown to reduce myopia progression in kids.
Myopia (short sightedness) progresses most in kids between 6-16 and the Misight lenses can be fitted on kids as young as 6. To maximise results the lenses should be worn at least 10 hours a day, 6 days a week.
The benefits of reducing the progression of myopia are that it lessens the risk of developing conditions associated with higher degrees of myopia such as glaucoma, cataracts, retinal detachments and myopic macular disease. Now, whilst for most myopes these risks are small, high myopia is becoming more prevalent. This is due in part to our changing lifestyles, increasing amounts of close work, time spent indoors etc. Therefore, the benefits of reducing myopic progression are clear to see.
Another exciting tool in the myopia control armoury is the eye drop Atropine. Atropine is an eye drop which has been used for testing the eyes of young children for decades. However, it has recently been discovered that even in very small doses it can reduce the progression of myopia in kids. Whilst the mechanism of how Atropine reduces the progression of myopia is not yet fully understood, some studies have shown it to be up to 90% effective at reducing progression. DIT are currently recruiting children and young adults between 6-16 to take part in the MOSAIC and CHAMP studies into myopia using Atropine 0.01% to slow progression. I have just enrolled my own niece onto the CHAMP study in Northern Ireland as well as three of my younger myopic patients onto the MOSAIC study Further information on both these studies can be found at mosaic.ie
If you have any interest in myopia control contact lenses or taking part in some of the myopia control studies please contact the practice.