What is Myopia?
Myopia is the clinical term for near-sightedness. When the eye is elongated, light focuses in front of the retina and causes images to be blurred at a distance. Myopia usually begins during childhood and progresses over time as the eyes continue to grow. If myopia increases at a high rate, the risk of developing ocular conditions including glaucoma, retinal detachments, and myopic maculopathy can also increase. Early intervention to control myopia can reduce the severity of near-sightedness. Both genetics and environmental factors such as increased near work can increase risk of myopia.
Specialty contacts can be prescribed to your child by their eye doctor to help control myopic progression. Specialty contact lenses that are FDA approved include MiSight daily disposable contacts and Ortho-K lenses. Ask your child’s doctor if these lenses should be considered for your child.