A contact lens has been approved for use in the United States to help children with nearsightedness (myopia) in Australia, Canada, and other countries.
Experts believe the contact lens can help the progression of myopia in children aged 8 to 12.
This should help reduce the risk of issues with long-term eyes such as retinal detachment and glaucoma.
Trusted Source was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as the first contact lens designed to slow the development of myopia in children aged 8 to 12.
The contact lens for MiSight is a soft, single-use, disposable lens that is discarded without overnight use at the end of each day.
“This is a big deal, because we hope this will finally put myopia control management in the spotlight,” Dan Press, OD, FCOVD, Healthline’s director of pediatric eye care at the Illinois North Suburban Vision Consultants.
He stated that, “There is a mountain of evidence supporting multiple options to slow the progression of childhood myopia, but the uptake has been slow since none of the treatments were FDA approved to specifically slow down myopia. Our hope is that this brings the discussion into the mainstream, and doctors that have not been on board in the past will get on board now,”
Myopia is the most common cause of corrective visual loss worldwide, according to the FDA.
Myopia happens when the eye grows from front to back too long. Instead of concentrating images on the eye, a position in front of the retina is focused on images.
People with myopia often have what is considered good vision, but they struggle with poor vision from a distance, which is typically treated with glasses or contact lenses.
“Myopia first happens in primary and elementary-age children and progresses to around 20 years of age,” said Dr. Rupa K. Wong, a Honolulu-based pediatric ophthalmologist.
“In childhood, uncorrected myopia may impair children’s ability to fully participate in everyday activities, such as school, extracurriculars like sports, dance, and music, “she stated.


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