Another proven treatment in the fight against myopia progression is daily-wear soft contact lenses specifically designed for controlling short sightedness. This technology was available a decade ago and is different to traditional soft contact lenses and multifocal contact lenses worn by adults.
MiSight Daily Disposable Contact Lenses
MiSight 1 day contact lenses by CooperVision are an innovative soft contact lens designed for myopic children and are worn during the day. A brand new fresh sterile lens is applied to the eyes each morning so your child has good vision for school without the need to wear glasses.
The origin of MiSight soft contact lenses started at the University of Auckland, New Zealand in 2004 and was first released in Hong Kong in 2010. There was only limited availability in Australia and New Zealand from 2011 but that means there is now over 10 years of data and evidence that MiSight is an effective strategy at controlling myopia.
The clinical studies have demonstrated a sustained reduction in myopia progression over a three year period and reduced myopia progression by 59% and reduced axial elongation by 52%. Reduced axial elongation helps reduce the risk of myopia-related complications and vision loss later in life.
The front surface of the contact lens has dual power with a distance focus. This distance centre means the myopia is fully corrected for clear distance vision, but there is additional power within the lens design to control both axial elongation and myopia progression.
While we understand parents may feel apprehensive about their children wearing contact lenses to school during the day, the research shows that children often forget to take their glasses to school, and uncorrected refractive error increases risk of myopia progression.
These contact lenses are applied at home, ideally with parental supervision, and worn all day. For full myopia controlling benefits they should be worn 5 or more days per week.