Myopia

Young boy holding glasses in front of him

Myopia control is one of the most exciting new technologies on the market. The short description is that there is a soft, daily disposable multifocal contact lens than can slow down the rate of becoming more nearsighted by approximately 40%! This safe, easy, and comfortable contact lens provides all of the vision benefits of normal contact lens wear, but at the same time, prevents the eye from getting as nearsighted as it might. 

Myopia is also known as nearsightedness, and it is a common refractive error. This condition makes it difficult to see objects in the distance. Fortunately, this condition can be treated, and our team here at Lamorinda Optometry can help myopia control

What Causes Myopia?

Myopia occurs due to the continued elongation of the eye. As the eye grows longer from front to back, the eye becomes more out of focus at distance. There are a couple of factors that can increase your risk of developing myopia.

  • Genetics: Myopia tends to run in families. If one of your parents is nearsighted, there is a chance that you will be as well. If both of your parents are nearsighted, your risk increases significantly.
  • Spending too much time indoors: Studies have shown that people who spend little time outdoors have a higher risk of having myopia than those who go outdoors often.

What Are the Symptoms Of Myopia?

The most common symptom of myopia is seeing objects in the distance as blurry. The other symptoms include:

  • Needing to squint to see objects in the distance
  • Needing to sit closer to the TV or in the classroom
  • Being unaware of objects in the distance
  • Excessive blinking
  • Needing to rub your eyes frequently to see objects in the distance more clearly

How does myopia control work? 

Myopia control works by creating a type of dual type of optical focus on the retina. Part of the light being focused on the retina is in focus, allowing you to see clearly. At the same time, a second type of “out of focus light” is being created that creates an inhibitory effect of the eye growing longer. We are essentially using a multifocal contact lens that has a unique design. The cool part is the “out of focus light” does not create blurred vision, so we get the benefits of the clear focus from the optically correct part of the lens, but the myopia control from the “out of focus” portion of the lens.

This sounds crazy, does itreally work?

 Yes! The MiSight Myopia control program from Coopervision is FDA approved for myopia control. This contact lens has had to undergo rigorous and extensive testing to prove that this actually works and is safe and effective. It is currently the only FDA approved option for myopia control. The studies have been ongoing for almost 7 years at this point and have shown a myopia control effect of ~40%. 


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