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Myopia questions?
Dr. Kwan has answers.

Dr. Justin Kwan, Sr. Manager of Myopia Management at CooperVision, answers questions about childhood myopia’s causes and possible treatment with MiSight® 1 day soft contact lenses.

Myopia questions?
Dr. Kwan has answers.

Dr. Justin Kwan, Sr. Manager of Myopia Management at CooperVision, answers questions about childhood myopia’s causes and possible treatment with MiSight® 1 day soft contact lenses.

  •    What is myopia?

    Myopia is often referred to as nearsightedness. Its primary symptom is blurry distance vision. The degree of myopia is typically recognized as glasses with thicker edges and a higher negative number on a contact lens package or glasses prescription. Myopia actually means that the eye is longer than it should be and this is concerning as it often gets worse in growing children - there are significant eye health and quality of life implications with every unit of worsening myopia.

  •    What is MiSight®?

    MiSight® 1 day soft contact lenses are specifically designed for myopia control and are FDA approved* to slow the progression of myopia in children aged 8-12 at initiation of treatment.1† As a daily disposable soft contact lens, its dual focus optical design allows your child to see clearly and signals the eye to slow down in its growth.1,2,3† This reduces the risk of sight threatening eye health conditions down the road4 while helping your age-appropriate child today.

  •    When should my child have their first eye exam?

    Children should have their first eye exam between 6-12 months and then again at 3 years, before kindergarten, and annually there-after. The school-aged years are so important and we want to make sure our children are seeing as clearly as possible, to give them the best shot at learning. So much of the eye growth occurs during this time, and optometrists can make sure the visual development is on-track, and if not, there are things we can do to get it back on-track, like myopia treatment. The time is now.

  •    Are there ways to tell at home, if my child has myopia/nearsightedness?

    Sometimes, kids don’t know that they have vision issues and won’t complain about blurry vision, especially in near-sightedness when the iPad or TV is still clear. The best way to tell is to have a comprehensive eye exam. You might notice your child squinting, or behaviors like moving closer to the TV or sitting closer to the front of the classroom.

  •    What age can my child start wearing contact lenses?

    Kids can safely wear contact lenses whether soft or hard. MiSight® 1 day soft contact lenses are specifically designed for myopia control and are FDA approved* to slow the progression of myopia in children aged 8-12 at initiation of treatment.1† Many age-appropriate children are capable of taking care of their lenses, and safely inserting and removing them, and parents can help, too.1,5§ Daily disposable contact lenses, like MiSight® 1 day, are the most hygienic contact lens option and are considered safe for age-appropriate children under the guidance of an eye care professional.5

  •    How does screen time affect my child’s vision?

    When doing near work, like reading, using a computer or iPad for a long time, there are growth signals in the eye that promote myopia and nearsightedness progression. While screen time is largely unavoidable, we recommend not having the screens too close, and a 5-10 minute break for every hour of near work. 

  •    Is there anything we can do to prevent myopia?

    It remains to be seen, but myopia cannot be merely explained by genetics alone.6 We recommend that your child get eye exams at the appropriate age, and spend at least 2 hours outdoors per day, and to take breaks from reading and screen time.5 If myopia develops, eye care professionals can prescribe myopia control treatment for your age-appropriate child to help reduce the rate of the progression.