It can be a pretty big shock to suddenly learn that your child has a vision problem. I myself was diagnosed with myopia (most commonly known as nearsightedness) when I was in third grade, and I had no idea how poor my vision actually was. It wasn’t until I put on my first pair of glasses that I realized how much I had been missing!
If your own child is nearsighted, you’re not alone. Currently 42% of the world’s population is nearsighted, and unfortunately those numbers are continuing to grow over time. Family history of nearsightedness, along with lifestyle habits such as insufficient time spent outdoors and prolonged time spent on digital devices have led to the increase in what is being called the “myopia epidemic” in school-aged children. That is why slowing down the progression of myopia is so important.
Enter MiSight 1 day contact lenses from CooperVision! These contact lenses have been clinically proven to slow myopia progression by 59% in children ages 8-12. Wondering if MiSight is a good option for your child? Here are the top 5 reasons why you should consider these daily contact lenses.
- They slow the progression of nearsightedness
MiSight 1 day lenses slow down the progression of nearsightedness over time by using dual-focus technology to create a correction zone that allows your child to see clearly and a treatment zone that help slow down the progression of nearsightedness. Instead of having to update your child’s glasses prescription year after year, they could possibly have the exact same prescription over a 2-3 year time period!
- They lessen the risk of potential complications related to nearsightedness
Myopia is typically diagnosed in childhood, however, these nearsighted prescriptions will continue to progress well into adulthood. Higher amounts of nearsighted prescriptions may contribute to potential sight-threatening conditions later in life such as:
- Retinal detachment
- Myopic maculopathy
All of these conditions have the potential to lead to permanent blindness, so lowering the risk of developing these conditions is super important.
- They are easy to use
Because MiSight lenses are a daily disposable lens, children and teenagers do not have to worry about all of the hassle that goes into contact lens disinfectant and storage. All they need to learn is how to properly insert and remove the contact lenses and they are good to go! In a recent 3-year study of children ages 8-12, they found that 90% of children could easily apply and remove their own lenses without any assistance.
- They can help with self-esteem
It can be devastating for a child that’s already a little insecure to learn that they need glasses. While some children will happily choose a nice set of frames, others worry about teasing from friends or being singled out by peers. MiSight 1 day lenses allow children to enjoy clear vision without having to worry about changing their current appearance. In the same 3-year study, it was found that 90% of children actually preferred wearing MiSight 1 day contact lenses compared to their glasses, likely because of the confidence and improved self-esteem.
- They increase future independence
Having a high amount of nearsightedness myself, I can confidently say that without my glasses or contact lenses, I am basically worthless – I can’t drive a car, I can’t recognize people from across the room, heck, I can’t even read my phone unless it’s an inch away from my face! If I had access to MiSight when I was a child, I’d likely be able to perform daily activities without depending on my contact lenses or glasses every second of the day. MiSight 1 day lenses are an easy and effective way to provide your child with that increased freedom and flexibility when they are adults.
Hopefully at least one of these reasons resonates with you as to why you should consider MiSight 1 day contact lenses from CooperVision for your child. If you have any questions or are concerned about your child’s nearsightedness, contact us at Parkview Optometry today!
Phone: (949) 786-7888