Myopia Management

At Rifkind & Brophy we offer a dedicated Myopia Management Clinic. The aim of this clinic is to slow or halt the progression of myopia in children and therefore help to reduce the risk of developing retinal detachments, glaucoma and myopia maculopathy later in life. You may wish to have your child’s myopia evaluated if it is progressing or if you or your partner are myopic.

Myopia – short-sightedness

Myopia (short-sightedness) involves the eyeball being too long or too powerful. This results in blurred distance vision, however vision for close objects is clear within a certain range of distances.

We are going through a ‘myopia boom’ at present with recent studies showing an alarming increase in myopia across all races, across the globe. In East Asia 90% of teenagers and young adults are myopic. Levels of myopia in Australia, USA and Europe have doubled in the last century. In the UK myopia now affects around 1 in 4 young people.

Studies have also shown that increased levels of myopia can increase the risk of serious eye problems such as retinal detachment, early onset cataract, glaucoma and macular disease later in life. Our children are expected to live longer than us, meaning a small increase in myopia now can cause a significant increase in the risk of eye disease later in life. The aim of myopia management is to offer children sharp and clear vision today, and reduce the risk of developing sight threatening conditions later in life

Myopia Management (also known as Myopia Control) aims to decrease the risk of development of myopia and reduce the progression (worsening) of myopia in young children. Myopia control is unlikely to halt the progression of myopia. However, slowing the rate of progression is important as lower levels of myopia provide more usable levels of vision when not wearing spectacles. More importantly increased levels of myopia have been linked with increased risk of eye diseases such as retinal detachment, myopic maculopathy and glaucoma.

MiSight™ daily disposable contact lenses not only optically correct existing myopia, giving clear distance and near vision, but MiSight™ has also been proven to slow the progression of myopia in most children using ActivControl™ Technology.

Why MiSight™ Contact Lenses?

MiSight™ contact lenses are daily disposable soft contact lenses, meaning they are worn during waking hours from morning until evening, then simply removed from the front of the eye and thrown in the bin. Your child wears a new pair of contact lenses every day.

MiSight™ daily disposable contact lenses are fitted in a similar manner to regular soft contact lenses, meaning the process of fitting is relatively simple and very quick. Your child can learn to place the lens on the eye and remove the lens safely with relative ease, with guidance from our expert staff.

Being a soft daily disposable contact lens ensures the lenses are very comfortable, safe, easy to handle and offer clear vision, even in younger children. Being a daily disposable not only improves comfort but also reduces the risk of infection. Daily lenses also mean a dropped, torn or lost contact lens is not expensive to replace. These are particularly important factors in contact lens wear in children.

MiSight™ daily disposable contact lenses – At a glance

  • Reduces myopic progression
  • Reduces the chance of developing high levels of myopia (-6.00D or more) which may lower the incidence of eye diseases associated with short-sightedness such as retinal detachment and glaucoma
  • May improve the self-esteem of children and teenagers in terms of their ability to participate in sporting activities and their social acceptance
  • Daily disposable lenses mean there’s no cleaning, disinfection or worrying about lost lenses
  • Low dehydration rates, delivers suitable oxygen transmission for daily wear and provide good all-day comfort and eye health
  • MiSight™ can be worn 14 hours a day (ideally for a minimum of 10 hours per day), 7 days per week to get the maximum treatment effect